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Does it feel like every year, you have more and more students who COULD be successful in class, but just won’t “apply themselves”?

Are your students prone to shutting down when things are hard, giving up when they don’t understand, and not putting forth the necessary effort to complete assignments?

None of these issues can be solved with lecturing, tutoring, additional homework, or having an adult endlessly cajole kids to “buckle down” and “stay focused.”

No matter how many times you say to young people, “You can do this; you just have to try,” it won’t change the pattern of behavior.

That’s because kids need strategies for pushing themselves through difficult tasks.

What if your students had the tools to….

  • Find their flow during school work so they’re totally immersed
  • Take initiative in learning new things and problem-solving
  • Focus on assignments and concentrate with fewer distractions
  • Manage their time well and prioritize tasks
  • Create healthy sleep, work, and play habits to maximize energy
  • Tap into their creativity and use processes of divergent thinking

It may seem impossible now, but these are teachable skills. Through specific instructional techniques and practice, your students can be taught HOW to learn and HOW to stay focused.

FINDING FLOW Solutions is a new (and growing) collection of resources I’m creating to help…and the first two resources for secondary students are ready now!

Download unit 1 for free now

Get free access to the first unit for middle school/pre-teens.

Get free access to the first unit for high school/teens.

What’s included in each unit?

These lessons are designed to be no-prep or minimal prep. You don’t have to master any of these skills yourself before introducing them to students, as you’ll be learning alongside each other. Each unit has:

    • A teacher’s guide (1 page per lesson): This tells you how to prepare and gives you the key ideas taught in the lesson.
    • An editable slideshow presentation to guide you and your students through each lesson: Teaching the concepts and introducing activities to students is super simple: just follow the prompts on each slide in PowerPoint or GoogleSlides! Most units have 80-120 slides, all with professionally designed graphics. All video clips are embedded in the slides so you can play them offline and won’t have problems with website blockers.
    • An 10-12 page student self-reflection journal in both printable and typable formats: The length of the journal depends on the unit, but the format is designed to minimize printing and paper use with no filler, fluff, or half blank pages. You can also assign the journal to students in your LMS (such as Google Classroom) and keep everything digital.

What are the topics students will learn in each unit?

Here are the unit topics for high school, which focus on productivity practices:

Here are the unit topics for middle school, which focus on productivity mindsets:

What grade levels is this for?

One set of six units is geared toward teenagers (high school), and the other set of six units is geared toward pre-teens.

What about younger kids?

We’re working on it! Resources to scaffold student learning in the elementary and middle school grades will be available in 2024. These resources will prepare students for the in-depth instruction they receive with the Finding Flow curriculum as teens.

Interested in Finding Flow for elementary students?

Enter your best email address, and I’ll let you know when the first elementary unit is available for beta testing:


What subject areas is this for?

These units are designed to facilitate productivity and deepen student understanding in EVERYTHING they learn, both in school and outside of it. These habits of mind will support students in reading comprehension and writing, along with scientific and mathematical thinking. There are several opportunities in each unit to have students practice applying what they are learning about productivity to your usual curriculum and lessons.

Can it be used outside the regular classroom setting? 

Yes! Any group setting will work: homeroom, advisory periods, study hall periods, before/after school programs, group tutoring, etc.

Can students do these lessons entirely on their own?

No, there is guided instruction in every lesson that the teacher facilitates, and multiple opportunities for students to learn with a partner and group. A self-guided version for individual students (in the form of a journal) will be available in 2024.

How many lessons are in each unit?

The first (free) unit, Foundations of Flow, has 5 lessons. All other units have 10 lessons.

How much class time do the lessons take up?

Most lessons take 15-30 minutes. The only exception are lessons that guide students to apply productivity practices to your curriculum, meaning students will be working on your usual activities, concepts, and skills during the implementation of the Finding Flow lessons. (You can see an example of how this works in Lesson 2 of the free unit, Foundations of Flow.)

How do I pace the lessons with my students?

Any way that fits best into your curriculum! You can implement one lesson each day, one lesson each week, or 2-3 each week.

What’s the timeline for release of the curriculum?

The high school timeline for release is:

  • Unit 1: Ready now
  • Unit 2: Ready now
  • Unit 3: Ready now
  • Unit 4: Available in late September 2023
  • Unit 5: Available in late October 2023
  • Unit 6: Available in late November 203

The middle school timeline for release is:

  • Unit 1: Ready now
  • Unit 2: Ready now
  • Unit 3: Ready in early December 2023
  • Unit 4: Available in January 2024
  • Unit 5: Available in February 2024
  • Unit 6: Available in March 2024

How do I purchase?

You can see all the Finding Flow resources here, including the free sample units.