Six key rules for student engagement include making it meaningful, fostering efficacy, autonomy support, collaborative learning, establishing positive teacher-student relationships, and mastery orientations.
The ability to persevere is necessary to develop a mind-set for success because no one, no matter how talented, achieves everything every time. Perseverance is a skill that can be taught. Although most of us learn it through trial and error, it can and should be taught, just like any other key skill or competency.
Krita Desktop, a really impressive painting tool that rivals Adobe Photoshop for features and makes some ways of working much easier. Available as free open source software for Windows (Vista, 7, 8) , Linux (Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, and others) and OS X (the site only refers to 10.9 compatibility but I ran it under 101.10 without problems).