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…

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

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Heading back to school continues to be a source of excitement and trepidation for all teachers, even more so for new teachers in their first couple of years of teaching. There are so many parts to think about, plan and organize. Sadly, many teachers begin the year stressed and tired even before that first day…

6 Fun Math Games Using Cards

6 Fun Math Games Using Cards

Are you after some more fun math games that you can use with your first grade or fourth grade students? Maybe you’re teaching your kids about problem solving or you would like to develop their number work. I find math card games are a fantastic way for kids to practice and consolidate math skills, but…