This was an awesome book that I read in my BEd program. It is a REALLY easy read and has great strategies for problem solving, engaging students, and how to free students who are "locked into roles". If you are a new teacher, especially, this would be a great read for the summer. Parents - this book is also for you! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0684824728?ie=UTF8=lesfrothemid-20=shr=213733=393185=0684824728_=sr_1_2=1333914264=8-2
This helpful resource includes definitions and characteristics of 16 challenges students may face, including autism, dyslexia, emotional disorders, and being gifted and talented. Important issues such as privacy and eligibility are discussed, and information on Individualized Education Programs (IEPS) are covered. Up-to-date lists of organizations—with web sites, addresses, and phone numbers, are also provided.
Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges...written for secondary classrooms, this book has a lot of good advice for educators and ideas that can be scaffolded for upper elementary kids.