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 need some fun and engaging ways to help your students revise and practice words during phonics time? Then these phonics board games are just for you. Suitable for…

Do you need some fun and engaging ways to help your students learn CVC words? These phonics games are designed to be used in conjunction with your phonics / spelling…

Do you need some fun and engaging ways to help your students revise and practice words during phonics time? Then these phonics board games are just for you. Suitable for…

The objective of this 2D shape bingo and poster pack is to help your students identify, name and describe two dimensional shapes.  Suitable for Grades K-3, 51 pages. What you’ll…

Do you need some fun and engaging ways to help your students revise and practice words during phonics time? Then these phonics board games are just for you. Suitable for…

It’s that time of year again when many of us fearless teachers are heading back for a new school year. It’s an exciting time for both the kids and the…

How Top Notch Teachers Thrive At The End Of The Year

How Top Notch Teachers Thrive At The End Of The Year

For my U.S.-based teacher friends, the end of the school year is at hand. Here in Australia, we’re coming up to the end of the second term. In both cases, it is beyond busy. We’re trying to cram in last bits of teaching and learning, wrapping up assessments and grading. Every day seems to bring…

5 Things You Can Do To Avoid Teacher Stress And Burnout

5 Things You Can Do To Avoid Teacher Stress And Burnout

Do you aim for the ‘perfect classroom’ and the perfect ‘learning experience’? Do you think you have to be perfect—always ready with the perfect lesson and a backup, always in solid control of the class, never making a mistake? Aiming for perfection is a surefire route to teacher burnout. I found the desire to be…

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…