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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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…

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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)…

A Fun And Easy Way To Review Math Facts

A Fun And Easy Way To Review Math Facts

One of my goals when teaching my students math is to help them to possess a feeling of competence and comfort with numbers in a variety of contexts. Last week I shared 28 math tips to motivate and inspire your students. And I introduced the idea of a celebration of maths. We should be celebrating…

28 Valuable Math Tips To Improve Student Motivation

28 Valuable Math Tips To Improve Student Motivation

Too often when I talk to children about their favourite and least favourite subjects at school I hear that maths is mentioned as the least favourite subject. When I question children as to why, general responses range from “it’s boring”, “when am I going to use this?” and “it’s too hard.” I feel it is…

21 Of The Best Maths Strategies All In One Place

21 Of The Best Maths Strategies All In One Place

One of the most popular topics here on Top Notch Teaching is that of teaching math. It’s also an area that I’m passionate about. I’ve published plenty of posts on the topic over the years but to help you find them I’ve pulled together 21 of the most popular maths strategies and games and listed…

How To Plan Your Week For All The Hats You Wear

How To Plan Your Week For All The Hats You Wear

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming Megan Flatt to the Top Notch Teaching community. Megan is the creator of the Mama CEO Planner that I featured in last week’s post: Practical Teacher Resources Megan has come along this week to share her top tips for helping you manage all of the different hats…

Practical Teacher Resources To Make Your Life Easier

Practical Teacher Resources To Make Your Life Easier

I get to try out lots of innovative, new and fun teaching related items and over the years I’ve used many different teacher resources and tools. Some have been fantastic and helped save my sanity, while others that I thought were going to be great, ended up being too much hassle. I’ve written about a…

Exclusive Interview With John Walker – Teaching Reading and Spelling

Exclusive Interview With John Walker – Teaching Reading and Spelling

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming John Walker to the Top Notch Teaching Community. John is one of the creators and trainers of the Sounds-Write program. Sounds-Write is a linguistic phonics program that teaches reading, spelling and writing. You can find out more about Sounds-Write by visiting their website: http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/. I also wrote…