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Student and teacher

On this site, engagement is the word used to indicate a strong connection between the student and instruction. Here creativity is the blending of person, process, product and press which results in an apt and original design. Father of positive psychology, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, has spent decades studying what could make human life more rewarding. He research has been consumed in finding what elevates the idea of self in relation to the universe. His findings show three essential elements to a good life (happiness):

  1. Pleasure (least predictive)
  2. Engagement (most predictive) - you are doing something that expresses who you are (FLOW)
  3. Meaning (in between) - what you are doing connects you to something greater than yourself making the feeling that life is worth living.

By placing these three essential elements in the classroom, life can become more rewarding for teachers and students in the educational environment. This Wikipage is dedicated to these essential elements with a focus on engagement-- specifically student and teacher engagement-- and its link to creativity.

To review the Csikszentmihalyi's concept of FLOW the following are conditions of the FLOW experience:

  1. There are clear goals every step of the way.
  2. There is immediate feedback to one’s actions.
  3. There is a balance between challenges and skills.The Flow Experience with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

8,000 interviews were conducted by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and his team to understand what makes people enjoy what they are doing. Responses that emerged as a common thread were that they lost a sense of time, enraptured, forget past and future, feel like they are making meaning.

v Attention is focused. "No monkey mind"

v Action and awareness merge

v There’s a freedom from worrying about failure

v Self-conscious disappears; there is a loss of an awareness of self

v Sense of time becomes distorted

v Auto-telic – experience becomes its own reward; the goal is the activity itself

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi lectured that babies and young children are “informavores”…they “eat” learning. At school learning becomes very different from what children love to do which is to learn.

Watch Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi lecture.

Watch Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Lecture

Thinking Allowed Interview with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Howard Gardner

Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking

Doors to Destiny

For several years I taught in a large chorus/drama room known as E110. There were five doors associated with that room: the exterior door, my co-teacher’s office door, the door to the costume room, my office door, and the door from the hallway into E110. In each of these doors, I experienced a moment of great learning—a destiny moment. Take a moment to walk through each of these doors with me and my students then share your own “doorway to destiny” moment you have had as a teacher or as a student. Feel free to allow our thoughts to take on any form—essay, poem, video—that suits you and your story. Thanks for sharing!

Walk through the Five Doors of E110!

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Let us walk through your door. Share your “door to destiny” moment here.

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Our Town Now

In Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, the stage manager says that the purpose of the play is to serve as a time capsule preserving the way of life at the turn of the 20th century for future generations. Let’s be a part of writing Our Town Now to let folks a thousand years from now know how we lived, loved, worked, and died at the beginning of the 21st century. Choose a prompt and share your story.

The moment my morning alarm sounds, I...

I can't live without my _ because...

I knew it was love when...

Here's my six-word biography...

I sure learned a lesson the time I...

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Drama, Engagement, and Creativity