Every holiday I spend some time reflecting on what has been good and difficult about the last term. That's one of the great things about teaching - we get regular breaks to take stock, refresh, and power-up ready for the next term.
One of the difficulties of reading is that it's a number of different skills all intertwined. If a student isn't practised in any one of these skills comprehension can break down and they'll not understand or give up completely.
I love storytelling, I suppose that's not surprising as a teacher and a writer. As such, I try to bring stories into my classroom at every opportunity.