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.

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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…

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…

4 Useful Strategies To Improve Phoneme Manipulation

4 Useful Strategies To Improve Phoneme Manipulation

In the last few weeks we’ve been looking at some of the essential skills children need in order to decode the English language. Specifically I’ve shared activities and ideas for teaching blending and segmenting. Today I’m going to share with you some of the ways I help students improve the essential skill of phoneme manipulation….

5 Practical Ways To Help Students Improve Their Spelling

5 Practical Ways To Help Students Improve Their Spelling

Do you have students in your class who are doing okay with their reading, but they have so much trouble with spelling? And you’re not really sure what else you can do to help them improve their spelling? Don’t worry you’re not alone. I see lots of kids in the literacy clinic who are the…

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….