The slogan on the outside of the Othello box reads, “A minute to learn. A lifetime to master.”
What this means, of course, is that you can be up and running with a game in the blink of an eye. You don’t need to know all of the deeper strategy to start having fun and you can even get some early wins along the way.
The more you play, the more interested you’ll become in the deeper strategy of the game. Eventually, you’ll want to master the skills that will help you succeed consistently.
Just like the game Othello, getting started with independent reading in your classroom is simple. You only need to know a handful of basics to get started.
- Kids need access to lots of great books.
- Kids need to be able to choose most of what they read.
- Kids need daily time to read these great books that they’ve chosen.
Then, once you’re rolling, you’ll discover areas you want to explore more deeply. You’ll want to learn tips and tricks that will give you the edge in empowering every reader.
Isn’t that how pretty much every single thing in education works. To be successful you have to balance your willingness to:
- jump in without having all the answers
- learn, reevaluate, dig deeper and try out new angles as you go
You don’t have know everything to start. And you don’t have to do everything at once. You just need to find the courage to keep taking the next step.
If you’re reading to find the next steps for creating a more reader-centered classroom, check out my new book Simple Starts; Making the Move to a Reader-Centered Classroom.