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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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…

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10 Dyslexia Myths

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