Introducing the 27th Blog Carnival

I’ve been given the very great honour of hosting the 27th Blog Carnival. Basically, this is a collection of your fantastic blog articles based around one particular theme. This event is the brainchild of the wonderful Larry Ferlazzo, and he explains more about it here. The 26th event was unleashed at the start of this month by the fabulously prolific ELTer David Deubelbeiss, around the theme of ‘fun’. If you want to see the results of this carnival, click here.

Now, on to my Blog Carnival…

I’d previously mentioned that it would focus on the theme of flow. Perhaps I should explain this a bit more.

The legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes “flow” as a peak experience in which the person is totally absorbed in the activity they are pursuing. In flow moments, there is a perfect match between the level of challenge and available skill with which to perform it. According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow experiences have the following characteristics:

1. They have concrete goals and manageable rules.

2. They make it possible to adjust opportunities for action to our capacities

3. They provide clear information about how well we are doing

4. They screen out distractions and make concentration possible.

What I’m looking for in your entries for the next blog carnival are those moments in your class when the students were utterly absorbed by the task in which they were involved.

All you have to do is contact me or Larry with the post from your blog that represents a class activity in which you observed flow occurring.

If you need inspiration, here’s an example from one of my classes, in which my lovely students were completely absorbed in the activity I’d set them…

I really, really look forward to hearing from you!

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11 thoughts on “Introducing the 27th Blog Carnival

  1. Thanks a lot, Tyson. You’ll be a fabulous addition to the carnival. This series is probably my favourite from your blog. Indeed, your work is going to be mentioned in my upcoming TESOL Arabia presentation. I’ll let you know more closer to the conference!

  2. That’s very cool and an honour, Adam. I’m developing them more now too, having written a paper on them based on theory. Planning to present about ARC several times this year even. Let me know how your presentation goes or if I can help. =)

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