Three Things: Creativity, Balanced Work, and Interference
Creativity helps learning stick. Connecting an idea to an image forces you to slow down and think. This is one of the reasons I like interactive notebooks. Using mind maps or concept maps to organize your thinking is a creative way to plan.
A balance of individual and group work is important to help students build life skills. Working on their own helps them build their capacity to be independent. Working in teams provides opportunities to collaborate and learn how to be a team player. Group work also provides an extra layer of accountability. It's important to learn to be accountable to yourself and to a group.
“Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil.” (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations)