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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This Spring theme pack includes 16 different classroom jobs that you can assign to your students.  If you have more students than jobs, then you can have 2 (or more)…

Reading Roundup: What’s Happening in Education Lately

Reading Roundup: What’s Happening in Education Lately

I spend a lot of time reading. Most of what I read is online content to do with education and teaching. I’m one of those people that flit from article to article and follow the links and then spend ages searching for the link to the article I read last week or last month that…

The Ultimate List of Aussie Teaching Blogs

The Ultimate List of Aussie Teaching Blogs

Do you have a go to list of teacher blogs that you read regularly? Or are you after some new teaching blogs to follow? Blogs are a fantastic way to find new inspiration and ideas for your teaching and classroom. As our Aussie teachers are about to head back for a brand new school year…

DIY Christmas Decorations: Spiky Balls

DIY Christmas Decorations: Spiky Balls

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought now was the perfect time to share with you my spiky Christmas balls. I don’t really remember how I found out about making these, but they’re a fun Christmas decoration to make that is perfect for your older students. Read on for step by step instructions for…

21 Reading Strategies And Activities All Teachers Should Know

21 Reading Strategies And Activities All Teachers Should Know

One of the most popular topics here on Top Notch Teaching is that of teaching children to read. It’s also an area that I’m passionate about. We’ve published plenty of posts on the topic over the years but to help you find them we’ve pulled together 21 of the most popular reading strategies and activities and listed them below….

The Ultimate Gift Giving Guide For Teachers

The Ultimate Gift Giving Guide For Teachers

Are you on the hunt for a teacher gift? Maybe you need to buy a gift for your child’s teacher, or your teaching buddy next door. Or maybe your bestie is a teacher, so you need something just right for her. I’ve got you covered with some cool teacher gift ideas. I’ve sorted the gifts…

Talk for Writing – Cold Task

Talk for Writing – Cold Task

A few weeks ago I shared with you a new approach that I’ll be using to teach writing. The Talk 4 Writing approach moves from oral language to written language and is suitable to use with both fiction and non fiction texts. Have a look at my article to find out more about each of the…