Melinda Crean - Top Notch TeachingWelcome and thanks so much for being here!

My name is Mel and I’m a primary school teacher and dyslexia specialist teacher. I am passionate about K-7 education and how we can better ourselves as teachers to provide more quality opportunities for our students.

If you’re after some new ideas and support, then you’re in the right place.

Here at Top Notch Teaching you will find many practical, time saving tips and resources to help make your life as a teacher (or tutor) that little bit easier.

Mel

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This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games for teaching ‘Long I’. These activities are great for individual or small group work. There are also posters that can be…

Cootie catchers (or chatterboxes/fortune tellers) are a fun way of combining a popular children’s game with some practice in reading and spelling words that have a particular phonics focus. This…

This physical education resource kit provides 35 lesson ideas that will last the whole year.  Each P.E. lesson is on a separate card to make it easy to take with…

This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games for teaching ‘Long A’. These activities are great for individual or small group work. There are also posters that can be…

This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games for teaching ‘Long U’. These activities are great for individual or small group work. There are also posters that can be…

Cootie catchers (or chatterboxes/fortune tellers) are a fun way of combining a popular children’s game with some practice in reading and spelling words that have a particular phonics focus. This item…

How To Take Charge Of Your Unruly Class

How To Take Charge Of Your Unruly Class

I didn’t have the best start to teaching. Actually, I would say that I had a bit of a disastrous start to teaching! I was told to be more consistent and that I was doing fine, but what does that even mean…..to be more consistent? Many new teachers experience a similar beginning, and often they’re…

What Do New Teachers Need? The Essentials Checklist

What Do New Teachers Need? The Essentials Checklist

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it, I have a job! But, they want me to start on Monday….How am I going to organize everything and plan lessons so that I have something to teach next week? And all this in just four days! I was on my way to Port Hedland (about 1630km north…

What’s Next? How To Engage Early Finishers

What’s Next? How To Engage Early Finishers

You’ve set a great lesson and your students are quietly working through it…..but then you hear, “Miss, I’m finished.” What do you do with your early finishers? It would be unusual for all of your students to finish each activity at exactly the same time. You’ve probably found that you have some students that finish…

Classroom Tools: Why You Need a Binding Machine

Classroom Tools: Why You Need a Binding Machine

Do you have a classroom binding machine? I love my binding machine as it helps to keep papers organized, create books and bundles for students that last, and generally makes my life easier. I don’t have anything too fancy but it definitely helps to create well-organized documents that are easy to store and use. There…

3 Classroom Management Tips New Teachers Need To Know

3 Classroom Management Tips New Teachers Need To Know

I remember the excitement of stepping into my very first classroom….I was both eager and nervous. But I also remember feeling a bit apprehensive and scared and wondered if I would “survive.” Of course, then I started to play the what if game….. What if I can’t gain their attention? What if I don’t know…

The Best Classroom Organization Tips All In One Place

The Best Classroom Organization Tips All In One Place

Do you find yourself scrolling through Pinterest looking at all of the beautiful classrooms and amazing ideas and wish that you had the time and energy to make your class like that? I know right…..how do they have the time to make their rooms look so stunning? Look, you’re an amazing teacher and you’re doing…