TeacherGoal #22: How to Incorporate the Science of Reading in the Classroom with Malia Hollowell

"When they connect each of the sounds that they hear to the letters that are used to spell them, a door unlocks for them." 


Malia Hollowell
CEO, Playdough to Plato

Do you agree that our students deserve not just a good education but an exceptional one? In this episode, Malia Hallowell, CEO of Playdough to Plato, shares her story of founding the website and transitioning back into the classroom after maternity leave. She breaks down great tools and strategies related to the science of reading and its positive impact on students' growth. Malia stresses out how using the science of reading can help students achieve reading proficiency. Let's dive in!

Malia is a National Board Certified Teacher, founder of the Reading Roadmap professional development training, and soon-to-be published author. Her obsession is giving you the tools, strategies, and support you need to give EVERY student that big, exciting reading growth you crave. It’s time to become a wildly successful, confident reading teacher.

3 TeacherGoal Tips

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Tip 1:

One of the most important things is to make sure that you're current on Science of Reading research

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Tip 2:
Explicitly teach phonic skills so that students can decode words correctly

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Tip 3:
Swap out flashcards and word walls for sound mapping to help students learn words faster

This Episode Features...

Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified Teacher, founder of the Reading Roadmap professional development training, and soon-to-be published author. Her obsession is giving you the tools, strategies and support you need to give EVERY student that big, exciting reading growth you crave. It’s time to become a wildly successful, confident reading teacher.

Erica Terry, Host

Erica Terry is a 20-year educator and co-author of the Eva the Diva Girl rhyming picture book series written with her daughter, to empower young girls to build confidence and grow in self-love. She is also the founder of Healthy Wealthy Educators, where she equips teachers with actionable tools and resources to start a profitable online business and build generational wealth without stress.

You can find her hanging out on Instagram @ericanterry_

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