I’ve often told my students I’m never disappointed when “All we did was read” today. Reading is a critical attribute of a lifelong learner, yet many students seem to learn that reading is just something teachers make you do in school. The idea of reading for pleasure or reading for passion is foreign to many students when the only reading they know is the reading the teacher assigns. Independent reading teaching strategies can help change that. Instead of students reading because they have to, independent reading teaching strategies give students a chance to read because they want to. Instead of the teacher selecting and assigning reading material, the constraints are loosened and students are given the chance to have control. If you’re interested in teaching strategies that facilitate independent reading in your classroom, here are some golden guidelines to consider for making it successful experience for your students.