So why is that what public school teachers do all the time? They assign work in class, then they go around to point out and correct errors. In the process, students find it harder and harder to put their whole selves into it, thanks to both the constant interruptions and now worry about how they’re going to be judged.
Since psychology seems bent on proving the obvious, they’ve done a number of studies on task orientation. Sure enough, they found that constant feedback reduces concentration.
Yet another reason we aren’t constantly looking over student shoulders here at Sudbury schools. We aren’t interested in ruining their concentration. We’ll provide feedback if asked, but only after the student has decided to withdraw from the work of the activity.
It’s no wonder, then, that our students can concentrate on their chosen activities for such long periods of time.