The foundation to learning anything is self awareness & regulation, attention, and pro social behaviors. Many studies show that these are better predictors of later life success and growth than academic success. These are skills that can be taught and learned but must be practiced consistently. It was my primary focus that supported the integrated academic and hands on learning methodologies used.
Here is a wonderful interview with a room full of educators to discuss this and more . Take a listen! ( There is also a transcript you can read)