5 Tips for Setting Up an A+ Classroom

Setting Up a Classroom

Setting up your classroom for back-to-school success Back to school can be the most exciting and anxiety-inducing part of the school year. After a decade in the classroom, the days leading up to classroom setup were always the most chaotic (next to the first day of school). So much planning and shopping and organizing. I was […]

15 Essential Supplies for the Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten Supplies

What Kindergarten Teachers NEED for their Classroom Did you know that I student-taught Kindergarten? After a semester I realized that it takes the most special kind of person to shape and mold the youngest of minds year after year. Having the right Kindergarten teacher supplies is so important for creating an inviting and effective learning […]

What You Need to Succeed in Your Classroom

Teacher Success Resources

From Lesson Planning to Classroom Management Classroom success is subjective. When it comes to success, you get out of it what you put into it. Here are My Top 5 Tips for Classroom Success: Flexibility Lesson Planning Classroom Management Building a Classroom Culture Boundaries Flexibility For me, the top thing you need to be successful […]

An Inside Look into the Joyful Classrooms Team

Hello Joyers! My name is Hilary Reid. Welcome to Joyful Insights! I am your resident blogger for Joyful Classrooms. A little about myself: I am married and have 2 beautiful little girls. I have been in the education field for nearly 10 years. I, like many of you, have been struggling since the Covid pandemic […]

Remote Learning Part #1: Building Social Emotional Learning and Equity- “How to Set the Table.”

If you are like most of us, we are entering “Distance Learning 2.0”, the dreaded 2.0.  When we wrapped school in spring, we all hoped for a more “authentic” experience coming back to school; nevertheless, here we are leaning into this teaching experience once more.  With all of our learning from spring, we know we want to get better at reaching and supporting ALL of our students.  So, where do we begin?

Vocabulary Instruction That Works and Saves You Time!

Effective and Explicit Vocabulary Instruction Vocab, vocab, vocab!  What words do I choose? When do I teach it (isolated or in context)?  How much time do I spend on each word?  What routine or strategy do I use?   These are questions that come up daily! Vocabulary acquisition is one of the most critical aspects of […]


I am a teacher and my heart and mind will always live in the classroom. I am also very quiet during crisis. I always have been. I think this is because I sit back, I reflect, I empathize, and I plan for action. These past few weeks have been bewildering. They have also felt a […]