Mimio Educator

Kelly Bielefeld

Kelly Bielefeld has 12 years of experience as an elementary school principal. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Kansas State University, and master's degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership & Administration from Wichita State University. As a principal, he has worked in rural, urban, and suburban schools along with having experience in both parochial and public school setting.
Find me on:

Recent Posts

Free Incentives to Motivate Students

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Feb 21, 2017

 

Finding ways to motivate students can be difficult. Finding ways to motivate students when you have a tight budget can be even harder. But with a little creativity, a teacher can find multiple tricks to bringing a free incentive system into the classroom. 

These ideas are separated into four different areas that research has indicated motivates students: adult approval, peer approval, consumables, and independent rewards. The level a student is motivated to obtain one of these will fluctuate from one student to the next, but by a quick survey, a teacher can find the area that calls to each student and then have a list of ideas for engaging them to work for a reward. Most of these are free and take very little effort, but will be greatly appreciated. Here are some suggestions for how to integrate these ideas easily to make them work for you:

Read More

Topics: curriculum, tips for teachers

5 Math Apps That Are Great for Differentiation

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Feb 16, 2017

 

Differentiation is both a complex concept and a critical tool to meet the needs of today’s learners. At times, I have seen the complexity overwhelm a teacher to the point of frustration. Teachers will tell me it is just too much, and they are returning to the whole group instruction model that they used before.

While front-of-the-room learning isn’t a bad concept, it is difficult knowing that all of your students are not at the same place and you can’t do anything to help all the differing levels. Technology has helped change this—especially in classrooms with a 1:1 model. With a device in the hands of each student, teachers can more easily differentiate to meet the needs of the individuals. 

So when it comes to math, where is a teacher to start? Here is a list that touches on a few of the major players in the market—each one has its advantages and disadvantages. Some of these are connected to large textbook companies, while some are more independently operated. If you are seriously considering the time and money needed to invest in one of these, here is a starting point for your research:

 

Read More

Topics: STEM Lessons, Math, curriculum, tips for teachers, STEM

Why Coding? Part 3: DIY Coding in the Elementary Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Feb 14, 2017

As a classroom teacher, you may have heard about the recent push to incorporate more computer science and coding into students’ lives. The problem could be—as it is with most teachers I know—that you feel vastly underqualified to teach anything in that realm. Coding seems like an intimidating subject and something that requires a lot of professional learning before jumping in.

Read More

Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, curriculum, 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

Why Coding? Part 2: Exploring Coding Curricula

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Feb 8, 2017

When looking at the big picture of a school system, it can be daunting to think about effective ways to incorporate change. Systems are complex by nature, and education can be a hard one to change for a variety of reasons.

Read More

Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, curriculum, 21st Century Skills

Why Coding? Part 1: The Future of Computer Science Education

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jan 26, 2017

 

Read More

Topics: STEM Lessons, curriculum, 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

Makerspace Hacks: Ideas for Saving Time and Money

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Become a Makerspace Rock Star While Saving Time and Money

You are a progressive, cutting-edge classroom teacher who knows the benefits of project-based learning and how it incorporates both critical thinking skills and 21st century learning. You have been reading about a trending idea to meet the needs of today’s learners: a makerspace.

Read More

Topics: curriculum, The Maker Movement, tips fpr teachers

Performing Whole-Class Checks When Assessment Tools Aren't Available

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Do They Get It?

A few months ago, I shared an article on checking for understanding in a 1:1 classroom. Because there are many classrooms that do not have aa assessment device for every student, I wanted to share some other ideas for how to check whole groups of students to see if they are understanding the content and confident in their learning.

Read More

Topics: Classroom Technology, classroom assessment, curriculum, Whole-Class

EdTech Resolutions for 2017

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jan 11, 2017

As we turn the calendar, we have a new year full of possibilities. Even with all these possibilities, we also know that old habits die hard—this is why listing our new year’s resolutions is a popular practice and can be very profound. The list either helps us to do something new that we have always wanted to try, or start doing something we have known for a while and need to pick up again. 

So for 2017, I have developed my top list of things I would like to do, improve at, or focus on for the year. These resolutions are aimed at improving my knowledge of educational technology (and more!) and are in no particular order—and a few are a little tongue in cheek!

Read More

Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, curriculum, tips for teachers

Adapting the Growth Mindset: How Educators Can Guide All Learners

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Dec 14, 2016


The “growth mindset,” popularized by Carol Dweck, has become a hot topic in the education world—and rightfully so. The concepts outlined in Dweck’s book resonate with much of what teachers already know, and challenge some of the current practices of the educational system. 

Teachers know that through encouragement, goal setting, and hard work, students can develop grit, determination, and self-efficacy. Some kids walk into the classroom with their mind already “set” to be unsuccessful, but teachers have watched students who persevere become much more successful adults than other students who don’t have this trait.

Read More

Topics: curriculum, education industry, tips for teachers

Must-Have Chrome Extensions for Teachers

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Dec 8, 2016

More and more educators are finding that Chrome extensions are a useful classroom tool. We detailed our must-have extensions for students in a previous post, but these tools can be just as handy for teachers. Teachers can use extensions with students and on student devices, but can also use them on their own to help them operate more efficiently as a teacher. Chrome extensions function in a variety of ways—some change functionality within the Chrome browser, some create access to different websites, and others allow students and teachers to use Google applications in different ways.

Read More

Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Educational Apps

Subscribe