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.

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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…

3 Easy Math Skills Games To End Homework Battles

3 Easy Math Skills Games To End Homework Battles

Homework gives students another chance to practice and review concepts and skills that you teach in class, but nobody loves it. Help students and parents end homework battles by giving homework that doesn’t feel like a chore. Today I’m sharing 3 easy math skills games I love for practicing math and ending homework battles. 3…

How To Teach Times Tables And Keep It Fun

How To Teach Times Tables And Keep It Fun

There has been debate in recent years about whether kids should learn their times tables. Some educators feel that rote memorization is no good if kids don’t understand. Others argue that knowing times tables helps build confidence and gives students the ability to do higher level math. I don’t think the two positions are mutually…

7 Free Hundreds Chart Math Activities And Puzzles

7 Free Hundreds Chart Math Activities And Puzzles

Seeing the patterns in numbers helps kids in math. It helps them with different math functions, but first, it helps them to read and count numbers beyond 100. Knowing that numbers have a particular order and remembering the order can be quite a challenge for some kids. Using a hundreds chart gives many opportunities to…

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…