Melinda Crean - Top Notch TeachingWelcome and thanks so much for being here!

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.

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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Cootie catchers (or chatterboxes/fortune tellers) are a fun way of combining a popular children’s game with some practice in reading, writing and spelling words that contain digraphs. What you’ll get…

Suitable for Grades K - 2, 27 pages. Are you after some new ideas to support your teaching of digraphs? Maybe you’ve already spent time working on digraphs with your…

Suitable for Grades K - 2, 26 pages. Are you after some new ideas to support your teaching of digraphs? Maybe you’ve already spent time working on digraphs with your…

My students love playing games especially the digraph ch bingo game, which is always a hit! Whether you're looking for new activities for teaching digraphs to your kindergarten students or…

Have your students practice their use of punctuation with these adorable Punctuation Posters. Each poster includes an explanation of the punctuation type as well as examples of how the punctuation…

Have you ever had that moment where you ask students to begin writing and one student says, “But I’ve got nothing to write about.” Sometimes students find it difficult to…

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 organize 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…

50 Remarkable Teachers Give Helpful Back To School Tips

50 Remarkable Teachers Give Helpful Back To School Tips

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…

How To Make Paper Mosaics For Kids

How To Make Paper Mosaics For Kids

Do you have lots of colorful scrap paper piles lying around in your home or class? Then making paper mosaics is the perfect craft to use up all those scraps. Paper mosaics require only a few materials and your students will create colorful patterns to display in your classroom. Fill in the from at the end…

DIY Easy Craft Idea For Kids

DIY Easy Craft Idea For Kids

This easy craft idea for kids is lots of fun and doesn’t take much to set it up either. There are only a few items that you need and the woollen webs come out looking pretty good too. Double bonus! This craft idea also ties in nicely with your arts learning area as it focuses on…