One of the most important points Mr. Mangione shared is the three things that the learning brain craves:
Ritual, Novelty and Challenge.
Children, especially teen-agers crave Ritual. They are lulled in to a state of security in knowing what is going to happen. They are most comfortable when there is a definite routine, pattern, schedule. It is in the safety of the expected that students find comfort and are able to let down their guard and be open to the process of learning.