"Good teaching pays off. When you provide students with constant opportunities to read and to write, and when you actively and assertively teach into their best efforts, their literacy development will astonish you, their parents, the school administrators—and best of all, the students themselves.
But it is not only students’ work that is transformed when teachers are supported in the teaching of reading and writing; teachers' work is also transformed.
Over the years, teachers have repeatedly told me that this kind of teaching has given them new energy, clarity, and compassion, reminding them why they went into teaching in the first place. I understand what these teachers mean, for it has done all this—and more—for me as well."