"Success", as I define it, means doing the best you can. The "best you can" means using all the tools you have and having a "growth mindset". Success is not being able to say you can do something, but being able to recognize and accept the difficulty involved in learning. In other words, success is not saying "I can" , but rather "I am working to learn......" You never reach the top. Each step is to be celebrated, but there is always something to reach for. Once a student understands that there is no permanent state of success, they can forgive oneself in times of difficulty.
Students are 100% involved in charting his/her progress. He/she can explain exactly what she knows, what she needs to know, and how she is going to get there. I weave concept questions with the level of decoding of my student, and use "controlled text" as well as "non-controlled text". Once a student feels successful in both kinds of text, his/her love of reading increases. Accurate decoding, the ability to read, combined with interesting subject matter and an enthusiastic teacher, spurns a student's love of reading."