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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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…

Cootie catchers (or chatterboxes/fortune tellers) are a fun way of combining a popular children’s game with some practice in reading and spelling words that have a particular phonics focus. This…

This physical education resource kit provides 35 lesson ideas that will last the whole year.  Each P.E. lesson is on a separate card to make it easy to take with…

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

Cootie catchers (or chatterboxes/fortune tellers) are a fun way of combining a popular children’s game with some practice in reading and spelling words that have a particular phonics focus. This item…

How 1 Simple Gratitude Practice Can Make You A Better Teacher

How 1 Simple Gratitude Practice Can Make You A Better Teacher

When things are rough, it’s easy to focus on what’s going wrong or what you don’t have. Finding your way to gratitude can be a game changer. If your first response to that suggestion is to roll your eyes or mutter, “I don’t have anything to be thankful for,” I urge you to stop and…

Why We Need Boundaries To Be Better Teachers

Why We Need Boundaries To Be Better Teachers

Personal boundaries are important to everyone’s well-being, but they are especially important for people in caring professions, like teachers. Without good boundaries, we may find ourselves used or manipulated by others, and even if we think we are here to help and do so much, poor boundaries can lead to stress, resentment, and burnout. Better…

How Great Teachers Make More Time

How Great Teachers Make More Time

You work hard to be a great teacher. But how do you find time to do all you need to do to be an exceptional teacher without burning out? Great teachers know the secret to making more time is not doing everything from scratch. For experienced teachers that may be easy. You pull out a lesson…

Teacher Self Care: What Will You Do For You Today?

Teacher Self Care: What Will You Do For You Today?

If you hear self-care and your first thought is, “I don’t have time,” you definitely need some. Sure there are days that go off the rails when you just want a reset, but that shouldn’t be most days. Practicing regular teacher self care keeps us from burning out – and it doesn’t have to take a…

What To Do When You Have A Teacher Bad Day

What To Do When You Have A Teacher Bad Day

We all have been there: a teacher bad day. The lesson flopped. You couldn’t  get your unruly class in control. You yelled more than you wanted to. It felt like students were tuned out. You couldn’t seem to get through to them. You go home and wonder why you teach. Hang on—don’t let a bad day get…

Hard Day? 11 Reminders Why You Love To Teach

Hard Day? 11 Reminders Why You Love To Teach

We’re talking about teacher well-being this month and a big part of that is feeling good about what you are doing. You may teach because it is your calling. You may have gone into it with bright ideas and an open heart. And then you have one of those days (or weeks). Your lesson flopped. You…