The title “It’s a good idea to do it” may seem obvious, but for most people, “It is a good thought to do so.”
As a teacher, it means you’re thinking about what your students need and are capable of, and it’s not a reflexive response.
As a general rule, if you’re giving your students a great assignment, they’re likely to do well on it.
It’s a question of the ability to get them to do the task, not the fact that it’s challenging.
And the ability of the teacher to find out what the student is capable of and what they want is equally important.
In the end, it’s about the students’ motivation, not yours.
If your students aren’t motivated, then it’s a big no-no.
And if they’re not motivated, there’s no reason to do anything about it.
But there are things you can do to motivate them.
When you give them a challenge, you’re actually helping them.
You’re teaching them to succeed.
When they fail, you are showing them that you aren’t going to make the same mistakes again.
As you give students the tools they need to succeed, you’ve also strengthened their resolve to work on their homework.
You’ve got them motivated, you have them excited about what they’re doing, and you’ve strengthened their self-confidence.
So give them challenges, teach them the right way to solve problems, and they’ll do it.