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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5 Practical Ways To Help Students Improve Their Spelling

5 Practical Ways To Help Students Improve Their Spelling

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6 Helpful Activities To Teach The Skill Of Blending

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Do you feel overwhelmed with knowing the best way to help your students with their phonics, so that they can become successful readers and spellers? You’re not alone. Each week I have a large number of people contact me asking for my help. It seems many of you want to implement a good quality synthetics…

How To Select Reading Books Your Students Will Love

How To Select Reading Books Your Students Will Love

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Benefits Of Reading: 17 Tremendous Reasons To Read Daily

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5 Free First Day Of School Activities

5 Free First Day Of School Activities

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