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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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…

This spelling learning center has been planned around The Three-Story Intellect and encourages students to use higher order thinking.  The center acknowledges the different ways students learn and provides a…

Suitable for Grades 4 - 7, 34 pages. An engaging research project where students create a PowerPoint presentation to inform other students in their grade about myths and legends. Students…

This series of lessons introduces students to information texts and how to use these texts to find information about natural disasters in order to write a report.  Suitable for Grades…

Suitable for Grades K-2, 38 pages. These phonics games are designed to be used in conjunction with your phonics / spelling program.  The sounds focused on include: /sh/ /ch/ /ck/…

My students love playing games to help them learn to read and spell their cvc words, especially the 4 in a row game. Whether you’re looking for new activities to…

Classroom Tools: Why You Need a Binding Machine

Classroom Tools: Why You Need a Binding Machine

Do you have a classroom binding machine? I love my binding machine as it helps to keep papers organized, create books and bundles for students that last, and generally makes my life easier. I don’t have anything too fancy but it definitely helps to create well-organized documents that are easy to store and use. There…

3 Classroom Management Tips New Teachers Need To Know

3 Classroom Management Tips New Teachers Need To Know

I remember the excitement of stepping into my very first classroom….I was both eager and nervous. But I also remember feeling a bit apprehensive and scared and wondered if I would “survive.” Of course, then I started to play the what if game….. What if I can’t gain their attention? What if I don’t know…

The Best Classroom Organization Tips All In One Place

The Best Classroom Organization Tips All In One Place

Do you find yourself scrolling through Pinterest looking at all of the beautiful classrooms and amazing ideas and wish that you had the time and energy to make your class like that? I know right…..how do they have the time to make their rooms look so stunning? Look, you’re an amazing teacher and you’re doing…

Practical, Fun Math Worksheets To Make Your Life Easier

Practical, Fun Math Worksheets To Make Your Life Easier

Are you after some more fun math worksheets and games to make your life easier? Maybe you’re teaching your kids about problem-solving or you would like to develop their number work. I find fun math games, activities and worksheets are a fantastic way for kids to practice and consolidate math skills, but in a non-threatening…

10 Of The Best Math Books For Kids

10 Of The Best Math Books For Kids

Oh, how I love books and reading. It’s so nice reading a book to a bunch of kids and having them completely enthralled. Using math picture books to engage kids during math lessons works exceptionally well too. I find that by using books about math it helps to break down the barrier that some kids…

25 Powerful, Motivating And Inspirational Math Quotes

25 Powerful, Motivating And Inspirational Math Quotes

Over the past few months I’ve been sharing many ideas to help your students develop an appreciation for mathematics. I’ve shared 21 of the best maths strategies; math tips to help improve student motivation; a fun way to review math facts; mental maths games; and other free printable math games. I always find quotes a good way to motivate and…