I'd love to share another one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite literacy role models.
I'm lucky enough to teach an age group that believes what I say hook, line, and sinker. If you teach first grade you know what I'm talking about, right? How many stories have I heard from parents over the years about a little argument their child had with them over how the parent was going about something? First graders can be very adamant that their teacher does things the right way. "Well, Miss McMorrow says..."
The idea that my word is bible comes in really handy especially at the beginning of the year when I'm setting the scene for their lives as future readers. I tell them over and over about my love for reading. Pretty much every time I pull out a book I say, "Hey guys. Have I ever told you how much I love to read?" After the umpteenth time, their response is almost comical. "Yeeeeees!" they say with a little roll of the eyes. I love it!
If you have a moment, please visit Lori at Conversations in Literacy to see one of the ways her staff shares their reading lives with their school of readers. It's pretty special!