I am also throwing myself whole heartedly into reading the 7 year blog I recently mentioned of a special needs teacher http://specialedandme.wordpress.com/and gaining valuable links to other teaching and resource sites. Leila the blog's author has already said she would love me to spread the word and so I would like to mention a couple here:
Guys Read http://www.guysread.com/ this is specifically geared to boys to get them interested in reading. At the moment, I am battling to maintain boys interest in their learning when they begin to struggle. To ensure that progress does not grind to a halt and they turn off from putting in the effort I am hoping to encourage and stimulate their interests through putting into practice some of the suggestions mentioned on this site.
The Iris Centre at Vanderbilt University http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/iris-resource-locator/#content
this I think will turn out to be a fabulous resource for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) at my school. With the importance and focus on teachers to understand and support all students within their classroom this site offers modules on a whole range of special needs problems that teachers can delve into to top up their knowledge and the most wonderful thing is it is all for free - how super is that? I am sure I will be blogging at a later date about things I discover on this site and what differences they make in my students' learning.
Although there are the 101 things to do, I always find I feel re-energised when I read about new ways to engage or tackle learning difficulties and the thought of trying out new ideas in the classroom or small group support fills me with new hope. Let me know what recharges your batteries or of any new ideas you are currently trying out in your field of work? I'm always open to new suggestions in the field of education so let me know any blogs or resources you are currently finding helpful.