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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Have you ever had that moment where you ask students to begin writing and one student says, “But I’ve got nothing to write about.” Sometimes students find it difficult to…

I’m going to share with you some of the best, time-tested class games that you can use to re-energize your students and get them back on track for learning. I…

Get in the spirit of Halloween with this Halloween Classroom Job Charts pack.  The pack includes 16 different classroom jobs that you can assign to your students.  If you have…

This Olympic Games theme 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…

This Spring theme 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)…

Mistakes Most First Year Teachers Make

Mistakes Most First Year Teachers Make

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??? That was my introduction to teaching. I received the phone call on Thursday and they wanted me to…

50 Remarkable Teachers Give Helpful Back To School Tips

50 Remarkable Teachers Give Helpful Back To School Tips

Heading back to school continues to be a source of excitement and trepidation for all teachers, even more so for new teachers in their first couple of years of teaching. There are so many parts to think about, plan and organize. Sadly, many teachers begin the year stressed and tired even before that first day…

6 Fun Math Games Using Cards

6 Fun Math Games Using Cards

Are you after some more fun math games that you can use with your first grade or fourth grade students? Maybe you’re teaching your kids about problem solving or you would like to develop their number work. I find math card games are a fantastic way for kids to practice and consolidate math skills, but…

How To Make Paper Mosaics For Kids

How To Make Paper Mosaics For Kids

Do you have lots of colorful scrap paper piles lying around in your home or class? Then making paper mosaics is the perfect craft to use up all those scraps. Paper mosaics require only a few materials and your students will create colorful patterns to display in your classroom. Fill in the from at the end…

DIY Easy Craft Idea For Kids

DIY Easy Craft Idea For Kids

This easy craft idea for kids is lots of fun and doesn’t take much to set it up either. There are only a few items that you need and the woollen webs come out looking pretty good too. Double bonus! This craft idea also ties in nicely with your arts learning area as it focuses on…

50 Paper Plate Crafts For Kids

50 Paper Plate Crafts For Kids

Making paper plate crafts in the classroom is always so much fun. There are just so many amazing ways that the humble paper plate can be used to create crafts for kids. I have pulled together some awesome paper plate crafts so you have them all in one place. As there are so many craft…