That to create passionate readers you must be a passionate reader yourself.
That to get kids to read you have to give them time to read.
That to get kids to open up in their writing you have to do the piece yourself and then share it when it is your turn.
That poetry is best done without thinking about rules or rhyming, at least most of the time.
That it is ok to cry in front of the kids when you read that part in “Love that Dog” or that part in “The One and Only Ivan” or that part in “Wonder.”
That when the world stands still because your read aloud is so good that you should really just keep reading.
That when an author tweets you back it is something to scream aloud about.
That when a kid thrusts a book into your hands urging you to read it, you should read it as soon as possible.
That when a kid asks you a question you cannot answer take the time to try to figure it out.
That when a kid asks for a break right after recess they really need a break.
That when a really good song comes on your ipod during math it is ok to turn it up and have a little dance break.
That is ok to admit when you bungled a math concept and then figure it out together.
That it is never too late to ask why, never too late to change your plans, never too late to ask the kids what they think.
That often silence is the best way to start a conversation.
What did your kids teach you this year?