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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.

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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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Do you feel overwhelmed with knowing the best way to help your students with their phonics, so that they can become successful readers and spellers? Are you struggling with the…

Do you want to make your life as a teacher easier? How the Ultimate Digraph Teaching Kit will benefit you Save you time in finding and creating your own lessons,…

***You save 30% when you buy this bundle*** There are 5 individual packs in this bundle that includes 330 pages of fun, hands on activities and games for teaching all…

At times it can be challenging to engage children during math lessons as well as provide the content needed in order to meet the demands of the curriculum. That is…

This pack includes fun, hands-on activities and games for teaching long O words. These activities are great for individual or small group work. There are also posters that can be…

This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games for teaching ‘Long I’. These activities are great for individual or small group work. There are also posters that can be…

How To Make 5 Mental Math Strategies Fun

How To Make 5 Mental Math Strategies Fun

Mental math—the estimating and calculating you do in your head—is an essential part of learning math. Mental math helps students build a sense of numbers and how they work. And as students gain control and command over numbers, they gain confidence and enjoyment of math (a plus for those of you with kiddos who “hate…

How to Motivate Kids Who “Hate Math”

How to Motivate Kids Who “Hate Math”

I’ve students who love math, but I’ve had a lot more who say that they hate math. When kids have a mindset against math, it can get in the way of learning. It can be tough to shake an “I hate math” mentality, but it’s useful. 4 Reasons Kids Hate Math (and how to get…

17 Inspirational Quotes About Math For Your Classroom

17 Inspirational Quotes About Math For Your Classroom

If you’re lucky, most of your students like math and see it as fun, but if they don’t teaching math is part inspiration. To help, I’ve shared 17 reasons to love math (Have you and your class come up with others?) And to keep math fun, try these easy math games. Today, I’ve got inspiring math…

How To Play Easy Math Games Using Dice

How To Play Easy Math Games Using Dice

Math games let kids practice and consolidate math skills in a non-threatening and highly motivational way. You can find tons of online math games, but most of my favorite math games are decidedly low tech. You don’t need much more than a deck of cards or some dice to play many fun math games. Today…

17 Tremendous Reasons To Love Math

17 Tremendous Reasons To Love Math

Do you ever hear this: I hate math. Why do we have to do this? Math is boring. Math is hard. Math gets a bad rap. Parents and teachers who don’t like math can pass that attitude on to kids who then don’t like math. How we talk about and teach math matters. So how…

5 Things You Need To Know To Be An Exceptional Teacher

5 Things You Need To Know To Be An Exceptional Teacher

Exceptional teachers bring passion for their subject and a love of learning to their classroom. They want to make a difference in their student’s lives. They connect with their students. And they know a few key things too. Don’t worry, exceptional teachers don’t always start that way. They start out good and keep learning and…