Getting in the “FLOW”

During our morning launch, Panthers grappled with the question:  “What is more important, being taught or being able to teach yourself?”  Arguably, both have value, along with peer-tutoring and coaching.

At EMA, however, especially with guides and no teachers, knowing self and being able to teach yourself is key.

So, exactly how does learning work?

Learning about flow is one of the many ways Panthers “learn to learn”.

“In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one’s sense of space and time.” source

Whether Panthers are engaged in the deep practice of challenging math skills, caught up the world of a “deep read” or “rite of passage” book, putting ideas on paper, experimental tinkering with electric circuits, or excavating strange finds from dirt, Panthers practice the process of flow.

This process is recognized, cherished, and it looks different for all learners.

Panthers reflect on the following questions:

  • How long does it take for you to get into the flow (the “struggle”)?
  • What helps you get into the flow state?  Your location?  Quiet and solitude?  A helpful buddy?  Which tools, resources, or strategies do you use?

At EMA, flow is key, because this is where genius thrives, and allowing space and time to practice flow is the brain-friendly thing to do.

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