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 ‘go-to’ CVC words activities for your kindergarten students? Or maybe you have some students who need targeted intervention of some single sounds? Whether you're looking for…

This Easter theme pack is jam packed with 17 activities and worksheets that you can integrate into your teaching and learning program. Suitable for Grades 1-3, 21 pages. What you'll…

Are you teaching your kindergarten kids how to read and spell CVC words? Or maybe you’re teaching your kids blending and segmenting skills? My students love these CVC activities, games…

Do you need some go to sh activities for your kindergarten students? Or maybe you have some students who need some targeted intervention with sh words? My students love the…

This pack includes 16 different classroom jobs that you can assign to your students.  If you have more students than jobs, then you can have 2 (or more) students to…

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

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…