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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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…

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

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…

Can Top Notch Teachers Have Work-Life Balance?

Can Top Notch Teachers Have Work-Life Balance?

Who else out there has soooo many things that they want to do, but just can’t seem to fit them all in? I’ve read quite a bit about time management and ‘making’ more time to fit in everything I want. I’ve also read articles that ditch the concept of creating more time; after all, there…