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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Are you after some new ideas to support your teaching of digraphs? Maybe you’ve already spent time working on digraphs with your students, but what you need now are some…

Are you after a way to introduce the topic of safety to your students? This lesson plan introduces good safety practices to your students. Your students will work in small…

In this lesson students will listen to a book all about safety. They will retell the events in the book in a logical sequence with the assistance of a story…

Suitable for Grades K-2, 24 pages. This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games for teaching the digraph /wh/.  These activities are great for individual or small group work. …

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. What…

Suitable for Grades K – 2, 24 pages. Are you after some new ideas to support your teaching of digraphs? Maybe you’ve already spent time working on digraphs with your…

How To Teach Skip Counting

How To Teach Skip Counting

It’s interesting watching younger students learn about numbers and skip counting. I love how when they have a group of objects they must touch each one in order to count/know how many are there. My girl is now in pre-primary so she is learning more about numbers and how we use them in everyday life….

A New Method For Tackling Your To-Do List

A New Method For Tackling Your To-Do List

Are you good at managing your to-do list? Do you have a system in place for tackling all the things you need to do in a day? If you answered yes to these questions, then that’s fantastic. But, if like me you do have a to-do list, but you have trouble with getting through the…

Reading Fluency Activities

Reading Fluency Activities

Recently I came across a research report by Kerry Hempenstall that discusses the teaching of reading. The report talks about the five essential components of reading instruction and shares some of the evidence that explicit or direct instruction is the most effective teaching method for reading. The 5 components include: Phonemic awareness; Phonics; Fluency; Vocabulary;…

5 Blog Posts Every New Teacher Should Read

5 Blog Posts Every New Teacher Should Read

As a teacher you have many challenges that you face daily, from coping with stress, to implementing engaging activities and even how to best set up your classroom. Whether you’re a new teacher, experienced teacher or even a support teacher you each have your own struggles to get through. When you sign up for email updates from me, one…

Organization Tips You Can Use In Your Classroom

Organization Tips You Can Use In Your Classroom

I like to think of myself as an organized person…. Other people think I’m organized as well…. I believe that all things should have a home…. When I’ve finished with something I like to put it back in it’s home…. If all of this is true….then why have I been feeling so overwhelmed at home…

6 Vocabulary Activities

6 Vocabulary Activities

I’ve been working with a few older students lately that have just entered high school, so they are 12 and 13 years old. One of the things that I’ve noticed is their lack of knowledge of words and understanding what they mean. Therefore, when these students read, they are struggling to comprehend more complex texts because…