I was brooding about this yesterday evening when I read Doug Belshaw's post Flow and the Autotelic Classroom. I'm skeptical when it comes to emotional intelligence, and although I occasionally recognize something which feels to me like flow, most of what has been written on the subject is just a statement of the bleedin' obvious.
Having said that, one thing in Doug's post struck me as relevant to my problem - the desirability of moving learners from being externally driven (which our final year students undoubtedly are) to being internally driven.
So the only problem is how to do that :-)
I'm not convinced that the four recommendations are easily applicable to my final year group:
- Setting goals
- Becoming immersed in the activity
- Paying attention to what is happening
- Learning to enjoy immediate experience