I have been saving interesting articles and blog posts lately that all point to the importance of certain non-cognitive skills for our students to be successful. Below are links to recent good reads. Also, discussed here on This American Life and in my blog a bit here.
Kids need these skills for success:
Focus - Avoid Distractions
Positive Attitude - Never saying "I'm bad at Math"
Resilience - I haven't mastered factoring YET
GRIT, hard work, growth mindset matter most. As teachers, we can't just teach the concepts. We won't be successful unless we are encouraging these skills too.