I appreciate Donalynn Miller's insights over at The Book Whisperer. She's a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher, and blogs about reading. Recently she wrote about the connection with her students.
There are many days when I don’t get it right—my lesson falls flat, my
temper is short, or I am too distracted to focus on the child standing
in front of me. My students forgive me on those days because I am one
of them—a reader. I rarely fail when talking to children about books
and why they should read this one. It pleases me when my
students consider me an expert whose opinions about books they value; I
convince a lot of kids that they are experts because they read, too.
Read the whole post at Miller's Teacher Magazine blog, which is well worth subscribing to. Miller's book The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child (Jossey-Bass) hits the shelves in March.