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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I’m going to share with you some of the best, time-tested class games that you can use to re-energize your students and get them back on track for learning. I…

Get in the spirit of Halloween with this Halloween Classroom Job Charts pack.  The pack includes 16 different classroom jobs that you can assign to your students.  If you have…

This Olympic Games 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…

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)…

50 Paper Plate Crafts For Kids

50 Paper Plate Crafts For Kids

Making paper plate crafts in the classroom is always so much fun. There are just so many amazing ways that the humble paper plate can be used to create crafts for kids. I have pulled together some awesome paper plate crafts so you have them all in one place. As there are so many craft…

How To Teach Skip Counting

How To Teach Skip Counting

It’s interesting watching younger students learn about numbers and skip counting. I love how when they have a group of objects they must touch each one in order to count/know how many are there. My girl is now in pre-primary so she is learning more about numbers and how we use them in everyday life….

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…