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 Easter theme pack is jam packed with 17 activities and worksheets that you can integrate into your teaching and learning program. Suitable for Grades 1-3, 21 pages. What you'll…

Are you teaching your kindergarten kids how to read and spell CVC words? Or maybe you’re teaching your kids blending and segmenting skills? My students love these CVC activities, games…

Do you need some go to sh activities for your kindergarten students? Or maybe you have some students who need some targeted intervention with sh words? My students love the…

This pack includes 16 different classroom jobs that you can assign to your students.  If you have more students than jobs, then you can have 2 (or more) students to…

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

This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games to help teach various mental math strategies. Suitable for grades 1 - 4, 27 pages. Does anyone else out there dislike…

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…

Mistakes Most First Year Teachers Make

Mistakes Most First Year Teachers Make

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 organise everything and plan lessons so that I have something to teach next week??? That was my introduction to teaching. I received the phone call on Thursday and they wanted me to…