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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3 Ways To Use Literacy Games In The Classroom

3 Ways To Use Literacy Games In The Classroom

You know what they say about all work and no play. That’s quite true in the classroom. While some may think of games as distractions or a break from real learning, literacy games actually serve an important purpose in learning. Games are engaging, which makes them a perfect way to introduce a lesson, practice concepts,…

Do Your Students Need Reasons To Read?

Do Your Students Need Reasons To Read?

For students who struggle with reading or don’t enjoy it, reading can be a chore. But we know that reading daily has lots of benefits: from improved sleep to increased vocabulary and reduced stress and greater empathy. And of course, reading helps students develop and build on their reading skills and learn other subjects. So…

10 Things You Need To Know About Literacy

10 Things You Need To Know About Literacy

Reading and writing are among the most critical things children need to learn to do fluidly, because literacy will impact their learning and ability to express themselves throughout their schooling—and life. As teachers, we need to know a lot about literacy, including a variety of ways to teach it to learners with varying experience, needs,…

How To Bring Self-Care Into The Classroom

How To Bring Self-Care Into The Classroom

We’ve been talking about the importance of teacher self-care for a while now. We know that it’s important to take time for ourselves and to do simple acts like drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and taking deep breaths when stressed. I try to practice these things regularly, though I admit to needing reminders from time…

How To Survive Your First Year Of Teaching

How To Survive Your First Year Of Teaching

I cried every day for 3 months during my first year of teaching. I was incredibly unprepared for how difficult and demoralizing being a teacher could be. But I survived—even thrived eventually—and want to help other new teachers get through. I was so excited for my first classroom—setting up my room and planning lessons. I…

What Do You Do With Your Teacher Time Off?

What Do You Do With Your Teacher Time Off?

When summer rolls around or term break, I am always ready for a break. How about you? The question is how you will spend your break. Hopefully, you’ll do something that you enjoy, something that helps you come back energized and refreshed. What are you going to do with your teacher time off? Do you…