As I assign writing tasks for a HS Senior Seminar, I can manipulate a few factors, such as personalization and relevance of a topic, including choices with solid objectives, control of the environment to avoid distraction and increase focus, and removing the grade-based goal to value the experience over the assessment. While the entire writing assignment may not be completed in a state of flow, the possibility of attaining that state within the research, brainstorming or planning stages would likely increase.
"But back to the concrete: Our students can master the craft of writing a persuasive essay, if, perhaps, they've had some moments of flow on their journey." (Aguilar, 2012)
For instance, Alex Angell, a history teacher at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California, says that during class discussions, he’s careful to let students complete their thoughts and then use his own body language—eye contact, leaning toward them—to show he’s heard their views. (Suttie, 2012)