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 to help teach various mental math strategies. Suitable for grades 1 - 4, 27 pages. Does anyone else out there dislike…

Are you after some new ideas to support your teaching of digraphs? Maybe you’ve already spent time working on digraphs with your students, but what you need now are some…

Are you after a way to introduce the topic of safety to your students? This lesson plan introduces good safety practices to your students. Your students will work in small…

In this lesson students will listen to a book all about safety. They will retell the events in the book in a logical sequence with the assistance of a story…

Suitable for Grades K-2, 24 pages. This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games for teaching the digraph /wh/.  These activities are great for individual or small group work. …

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. What…

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…

How To Take Care Of Yourself: Teacher Well Being Roundup

How To Take Care Of Yourself: Teacher Well Being Roundup

Are you too busy finding ways to make math fun or looking for lesson ideas to engage your students to take care of yourself? Too many teachers are. But you are more important than the best lesson in the world, and the first step to being a top notch teacher is to take care of yourself. 1….

The Best 21 Classroom Management Tips And Tricks

The Best 21 Classroom Management Tips And Tricks

Doesn’t every teacher dream of an efficient classroom where no problems occur and lessons run smoothly? Yes, I know probably not a reality, but I believe there are definitely strategies and processes that you can put in place to assist with the smooth running of your classroom. You’re probably already doing some of these classroom…

What Does It Mean To Be An Outstanding Teacher?

What Does It Mean To Be An Outstanding Teacher?

When you think back to your first year of teaching, what is the one word you would use to describe that first year? Some of the words that teachers have shared with me include: confusing, overwhelming, and intense. It’s not nice having that overwhelmed feeling and it can not only be stressful, but it can…

How To Take Charge Of Your Unruly Class

How To Take Charge Of Your Unruly Class

I didn’t have the best start to teaching. Actually, I would say that I had a bit of a disastrous start to teaching! I was told to be more consistent and that I was doing fine, but what does that even mean…..to be more consistent? Many new teachers experience a similar beginning, and often they’re…