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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…

21 Of The Best Maths Strategies All In One Place

21 Of The Best Maths Strategies All In One Place

One of the most popular topics here on Top Notch Teaching is that of teaching math. It’s also an area that I’m passionate about. I’ve published plenty of posts on the topic over the years but to help you find them I’ve pulled together 21 of the most popular maths strategies and games and listed…

How To Plan Your Week For All The Hats You Wear

How To Plan Your Week For All The Hats You Wear

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming Megan Flatt to the Top Notch Teaching community. Megan is the creator of the Mama CEO Planner that I featured in last week’s post: Practical Teacher Resources Megan has come along this week to share her top tips for helping you manage all of the different hats…

Practical Teacher Resources To Make Your Life Easier

Practical Teacher Resources To Make Your Life Easier

I get to try out lots of innovative, new and fun teaching related items and over the years I’ve used many different teacher resources and tools. Some have been fantastic and helped save my sanity, while others that I thought were going to be great, ended up being too much hassle. I’ve written about a…

Exclusive Interview With John Walker – Teaching Reading and Spelling

Exclusive Interview With John Walker – Teaching Reading and Spelling

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming John Walker to the Top Notch Teaching Community. John is one of the creators and trainers of the Sounds-Write program. Sounds-Write is a linguistic phonics program that teaches reading, spelling and writing. You can find out more about Sounds-Write by visiting their website: http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/. I also wrote…

The Best Phonics Activities All In One Place

The Best Phonics Activities All In One Place

When I first started my teaching journey I didn’t have a clue how to teach kids how to read and spell. I tried a bit of a mixed bag approach, mostly made up of whole language strategies. I used activities such as flash cards, mastery folders and look, say, cover, write, check. It didn’t feel like…

5 Free Spelling And Reading Games

5 Free Spelling And Reading Games

Are you after some fun reading games and spelling games to incorporate into your literacy program? Reading and spelling games are a fun and engaging way to help your students revise and consolidate what has been learned. I have found that using games is a great way to not only begin a lesson, but it’s…