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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Suitable for Grades K – 2, 24 pages. Are you after some new ideas to support your teaching of digraphs? Maybe you’ve already spent time working on digraphs with your…

Cootie catchers (or chatterboxes/fortune tellers) are a fun way of combining a popular children’s game with some practice in reading, writing and spelling words that contain digraphs. What you’ll get…

Suitable for Grades K - 2, 27 pages. Are you after some new ideas to support your teaching of digraphs? Maybe you’ve already spent time working on digraphs with your…

Suitable for Grades K - 2, 26 pages. Are you after some new ideas to support your teaching of digraphs? Maybe you’ve already spent time working on digraphs with your…

My students love playing games especially the digraph ch bingo game, which is always a hit! Whether you're looking for new activities for teaching digraphs to your kindergarten students or…

Have your students practice their use of punctuation with these adorable Punctuation Posters. Each poster includes an explanation of the punctuation type as well as examples of how the punctuation…

What Do New Teachers Need? The Essentials Checklist

What Do New Teachers Need? The Essentials Checklist

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it, I have a job! But, they want me to start on Monday….How am I going to organize everything and plan lessons so that I have something to teach next week? And all this in just four days! I was on my way to Port Hedland (about 1630km north…

What’s Next? How To Engage Early Finishers

What’s Next? How To Engage Early Finishers

You’ve set a great lesson and your students are quietly working through it…..but then you hear, “Miss, I’m finished.” What do you do with your early finishers? It would be unusual for all of your students to finish each activity at exactly the same time. You’ve probably found that you have some students that finish…

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…