When you think about the word “Flow” – what comes to your mind?
The phrase “go with the flow”, or maybe a flowing body of water?
Flow, as it turns out, is a term found in psychology, coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikzsentmihayli.
And it’s very similar to “going with the flow” or “being in the zone.”
Have you ever looked at the time and been shocked at how many hours have past, because you were so focused on one of your favorite activites? That’s flow!
It’s a powerful, enjoyable state that everyone has been in at least once in their life. And we strongly believe it has applications in learning, making it an important term to understand and use.
Applications of Flow in Learning
Some kids can be notoriously stubborn.
Heck, whether you’re a kid or an adult, if there’s something you don’t like to do, chances are you just won’t do it.
So, what’s the solution then? How do we make someone very stubborn, such as a learning-reluctant child, do something that’s important for their educational nourishment?
You apply Flow!
It’s simple. Applying Flow is just intertwining your child’s learning with their favorite activities.
It’s a hybrid between having fun and learning.
And it’s the best way to learn!
Let’s say you have a pair of sports-loving, math-hating children.
They have an important test coming at the end of the month, and you’ve instructed them to plow through a dozen math worksheets in their room by themselves.
To apply Flow to this situation, you can give them the opportunity to learn while playing sports, instead of learning while being cooped up in their rooms.
A practical way to do this would be to teach them about the math and physics behind throwing or kicking a ball while they play.
This will be fun for them and help them appreciate the wide-applications of math in the real world.
The learning does not stop there, however, as there is a multitude of subjects that can be learned while playing sports outside.
To give you some ideas, you can teach a sports lover about topics such as sports physiology and anatomy, sports history and business, and even coaching tactics and principles of leadership!
Flow is a state that many of us have entered at least once.
It’s that feeling of losing one’s self of time and being hyper focused at the activity at hand.
When it comes to learning, Flow is about mixing fun activities with educational ones.
Doing this the right way makes learning fun and highly effective!