Nothing makes me smile more than seeing my hater of reading check out a book on his own for home. Seeing my Star-Wars-video-game-playing boy's eyes light up when he finds out I have an entire bin of mystery books to try. Hearing my talker cheer and tell me I'm the best teacher because I made chapter book paper for him.
Watching students stuff their faces into books so they can be in the flow of reading. Requesting time to read. Requesting time to write. Requesting choice time where they continue to read and then cheer. Asking me to up the time they get to read and write.
This is what's fun. This is what gets me up in the morning. This is what makes me love what I do in my classroom! Tell me state government lawmakers...do you get to do that?