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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It’s that time of year again when many of us fearless teachers are heading back for a new school year. It’s an exciting time for both the kids and the…

This spelling learning center has been planned around The Three-Story Intellect and encourages students to use higher order thinking.  The center acknowledges the different ways students learn and provides a…

Suitable for Grades 4 - 7, 34 pages. An engaging research project where students create a PowerPoint presentation to inform other students in their grade about myths and legends. Students…

This series of lessons introduces students to information texts and how to use these texts to find information about natural disasters in order to write a report.  Suitable for Grades…

Suitable for Grades K-2, 38 pages. These phonics games are designed to be used in conjunction with your phonics / spelling program.  The sounds focused on include: /sh/ /ch/ /ck/…

My students love playing games to help them learn to read and spell their cvc words, especially the 4 in a row game. Whether you’re looking for new activities to…

6 Helpful Activities To Teach The Skill Of Blending

6 Helpful Activities To Teach The Skill Of Blending

Over the past few weeks we’ve been delving into books, reading and how we can better teach children to read and spell. We first looked at 17 amazing reasons to read, followed by decodable books and what they are and then a specific phonics program you can use to teach children to read and spell….

A New Phonics Program: Is It Right For You?

A New Phonics Program: Is It Right For You?

Do you feel overwhelmed with knowing the best way to help your students with their phonics, so that they can become successful readers and spellers? You’re not alone. Each week I have a large number of people contact me asking for my help. It seems many of you want to implement a good quality synthetics…

How To Select Reading Books Your Students Will Love

How To Select Reading Books Your Students Will Love

Do you use decodable reading books with your beginning readers? Or with those students who are struggling? Unfortunately, many of the schools that I have worked in do not have any decodable books available to use with their beginning readers (or struggling readers). And I think in many cases the teachers are not actually sure…

Benefits Of Reading: 17 Tremendous Reasons To Read Daily

Benefits Of Reading: 17 Tremendous Reasons To Read Daily

There are numerous studies out there that share the benefits of reading. Some of those benefits include improved sleep, increased vocabulary and it helps to reduce stress. But what are some reasons for kids to read? How can we encourage children to pick up a book and read? When I asked my Little Miss 6…

5 Free First Day Of School Activities

5 Free First Day Of School Activities

Are you excited about heading back for the first day of school? It’s always a bit chaotic, but there is definitely a buzz of excitement in the air. After the buzz dies down and the parents leave, what do you do next? There are all the usual type of activities, such as talking about expectations…

A Glimpse Of The Back To School Super Bundle

A Glimpse Of The Back To School Super Bundle

It’s that time of year again when many of us fearless teachers are heading back to school. It’s an exciting time for both the kids and the teachers, but it can also be a little scary and as a teacher you may feel somewhat apprehensive. I’ve found that one way you can help ease those…