The state of flow
- psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes it as 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 complete absorption in what one does. It came to the attention of Csíkszentmihályi that the principles and practices of the Montessori Method
of education purposefully set up continuous flow opportunities and experiences for students. Csíkszentmihályi and psychologist Kevin Rathunde embarked on a multi-year study of student experiences in Montessori settings and traditional educational settings. The research supported observations that students achieved flow experiences more frequently in Montessori settings.
In the following article with accompanying video, the author discusses how the great musician, Glenn Gould reached a state of flow while playing the piano. When watching the video, think about the times you've achieved this state. What brings you this sort of joy and total concentration? As Montessori educators, we are blessed to see this "flow" from our students every day. http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2014/09/04/345576795/glenn-gould-in-rapture