TeacherGoals Podcast Episode 38

Brain-Friendly Strategies to Put the Science of Reading in Action with Malia Hollowell

With beginning readers, you can actually do all of these activities without any fancy toys. You don't need to have big, elaborate setups. You can just do it by saying words and having kids play around with those words.

Malia Hollowell
Author, The Science of Reading in Action

Welcome back to the Teacher Goals Podcast, where we're all about taking the boring out of education and replacing it with some serious brain-bending strategies!

In this episode, we're joined by the amazing Malia Hollowell, author of The Science of Reading in Action, to share some of her best brain-friendly reading tips with all you lovely listeners.

We're talking about everything from phonological awareness to decoding and comprehension, with some sneaky little tricks thrown in to keep your students engaged and motivated. Plus, we're pretty sure that Malia has unlocked the secret to making reading as addictive as Netflix binges - but you'll have to listen to find out what it is!

So grab your favorite pen and notebook, a cup of coffee, and get ready to have your mind blown with all the juicy reading strategies that Malia has in store for us. You might just become the world's next reading rockstar - no pressure!

3 TeacherGoal Tips


Tip 1:

Brain-Friendly strategies allow kids brains to be able to connect the dots as quickly and easily as they possibly can.


Tip 2:
The best way to build a student's reading skills is through practice


Tip 3:
98% of English words can be explained through certain rules. But we have to know what those rules are as adults in order to be able to teach them to kids.

This Episode Features...

Malia Hollowell

Hey there! I'm Malia—the red nail polish-wearing, Starbucks-loving, National Board Certified Lead Teacher and Founder of Playdough to Plato.

I know you don't just want to be a good reading teacher. You want to be excellent. And you want to make a real difference in your students' lives—not just talk the cliché teacher talk.

I get it because that's exactly the kind of teacher I've always been. That's why I'm obsessed with equipping teachers like you with everything you need to be an exceptional reading teacher. So you can finally have complete confidence in your ability to teach every student to read (with the complete science-backed training and tools you've been waiting for).

If you're ready to step into your Master Reading Teacher shoes and watch your students' eyes light up with the excitement of learning to read in the easiest and most playful way possible... grab your Flair pens, my friend. You won't believe how fun it's going to be.

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 Terryfic Learning Company, 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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