The value of Challenges

As teachers, we are naturally caring and want the best for our students. This can, however, have the opposite effect to what we want to achieve - real learning. If you do lots of explaining and make everything simple, you deny the students an important GM opportunity.

  • There is a positive effect on the brain “when people push through their comfort zones to grasp difficult concepts. The neurons form stronger connections, leading to improved intelligence over time. Therefore, effort and difficulty are paths, not roadblocks, to becoming smarter.”
  • So, we should not try to make things extra difficult by playing a cat and mouse game, BUT we should nevertheless try not to do all the thinking work for our students. We need to leave them to work things out for themselves, to struggle through some challenging concepts/topics while providing them with resources and support.


Prodigy Game. “10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students.” Prodigy Education,

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