From ASCD's Educational Leadership: 8 Great Ways Teachers can Reach Students shares things that teachers think, say and do to motivate students to do their best in all classes.
If Classroom Management is a focus for you, then check out this book chapter from Teach for America's "Teaching as Leadership" website. TFA is an incredible, hope-founded and excellence-based organization whose arm's-length group, "Teach for Argentina", I became familiar with last year while traveling in South America. Their materials are high quality and always practical, from what I have seen.
Next week it's back to the grind for many of us. With the possible exception of those of us working in well funded private schools with small classes of well-supported high achievers, we'll continue to make lots of mistakes as we stumble around navigating our way through an overloaded, imperfect system. But we've got to stay the course and try our best. A little regular professional reading can help with that. Enjoy!