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My name is Mel and I’m a primary school teacher and literacy 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.

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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…

25 Powerful, Motivating And Inspirational Math Quotes

25 Powerful, Motivating And Inspirational Math Quotes

Over the past few months I’ve been sharing many ideas to help your students develop an appreciation for mathematics. I’ve shared 21 of the best maths strategies; math tips to help improve student motivation; a fun way to review math facts; mental maths games; and other free printable math games. I always find quotes a good way to motivate and…

Who Else Wants Some Free & Easy Printable Math Games?

Who Else Wants Some Free & Easy Printable Math Games?

Are you ready to play some fun math games? My students love playing printable math games. They are quick and easy to prepare and just what you need to help kids practice math skills while also having fun. Here you’ll find some free math games ready to print and then play. Free printable math games Estimating…

What is your favorite mental maths game for kids?

What is your favorite mental maths game for kids?

Playing math games in the classroom is a fantastic way to not only stimulate students, but is also an ideal way of improving students’ number facts and number work. Last week I shared with you a fun and easy way to review math facts. We talked about mental computation, what it is and how you…

A Fun And Easy Way To Review Math Facts

A Fun And Easy Way To Review Math Facts

One of my goals when teaching my students math is to help them to possess a feeling of competence and comfort with numbers in a variety of contexts. Last week I shared 28 math tips to motivate and inspire your students. And I introduced the idea of a celebration of maths. We should be celebrating…

28 Valuable Math Tips To Improve Student Motivation

28 Valuable Math Tips To Improve Student Motivation

Too often when I talk to children about their favourite and least favourite subjects at school I hear that maths is mentioned as the least favourite subject. When I question children as to why, general responses range from “it’s boring”, “when am I going to use this?” and “it’s too hard.” I feel it is…

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…