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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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 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…

Reading Roundup: What’s Happening in Education Lately

Reading Roundup: What’s Happening in Education Lately

I hope you’ve had a good week. This week there is a link to a free book that talks about why some children learn to read easily and others don’t; an interesting interview with John Hattie on uniforms, homework and extra curricular activities; the problems with whole language; good ideas to simplify STEM for little learners; and why…