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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.
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21st Century Learning: Focusing on Citizenship

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, May 25, 2017

Now that we are 17 years into the 21st century, it is interesting to note that thus far, our 21st century learning skills are still very relevant. When looking through the four elements of the Framework for 21st Century Learning, we see the skills listed that our students continue to need through the first two decades of our century.

Within the first element, civic literacy is an area that many schools continue to need resources for. From kindergarten to high school, it is critical for students to have exposure to the role we play as citizens in the various governmental structures. There are some resources listed on the framework page, but what could a school do to move toward real-world, application-level learning for civics and citizenship?

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Topics: Lessons, tips for teachers, Civics, Social Studies

20 Summer Writing Prompts for Students

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, May 23, 2017

As some students head into the summer months, it means a long break from school. This isn’t necessarily a good thing for students because their skills can weaken over the summer. Inevitably, as students return in the fall, there are a few weeks spent catching up on dull or forgotten skills.

One way to counteract this is to give the students something to do over the summer break. Writing skills are some of the easiest to lose if we don’t use them on a regular basis. Students will typically read a little bit here or there, but they won’t necessarily pick up a pencil all summer.

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Format Like a Champ with These New Google Sheet Tricks!

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, May 16, 2017

One of the best parts of the Google platform is that it is constantly improving and changing. I guess that is probably an opinion statement, as sometimes these changes can be frustrating—for example, when buttons move or formatting options come and go. This can be a headache, but overall, I feel the Google Suite options are much more robust than they were when I first started using them six year ago.  

For me, the really amazing part is that Google actually takes feedback, listens to it, and acts on it to improve the product. Not that novel of an idea, I know, but the speed at which they can move in doing so sets them apart from others in the tech world. I’m not a Google salesperson—it does have its limitations and faults—but as a lifelong learner, I love the challenge of always having to keep up to date on the latest format.

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Topics: google docs, Google Classroom, tips for teachers

Tools to Help Students Improve Their Keyboarding Skills

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, May 11, 2017

If keyboarding is an important skill for students to learn and master—and many would say that it is—what are some good tools to help students learn this skill? Like many online options, there are free versions that can work for different circumstances. Sometimes free versions have limits, and paying a little bit for one of the programs is well worth the money. But other times, especially when students are first learning keyboarding, free versions are just fine.

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Topics: Education Technology, curriculum, tips for teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week: Great Ways to Say Thank You

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Mon, May 8, 2017

Teacher appreciation week rolls around at a perfect time every school year. May is typically full of fun and craziness, so teachers deserve appreciation this month more than any other time of the year—although they really need to be appreciated year round!

It can be hard to find something that tells a teacher how much they mean to you. By the end of the school year, strong bonds and relationships have been formed in the classroom, so it is important to show gratitude. And another apple for the teacher’s desk just doesn’t cut it!

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Topics: tips for teachers

The Future of Keyboarding Instruction

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 26, 2017

What is the role of keyboarding instruction in the classroom—especially the elementary classroom? Over the past few years, as one-to-one devices become more widespread and accessible to students at younger grade levels, this question has become more and more pertinent. I know our own school has struggled with student keyboarding skills over the past few years.

Three main issues we grapple with as educators.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, curriculum, 21st Century Skills, tips for teachers

Why Now—More Than Ever—We Must Collaborate Globally

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Our country has changed a lot in the past year. I think most educators didn’t expect the 2017 we now have. We didn’t expect the current education secretary that we have, the president we have, or even some of the other federal changes that we now have. Some of the immigration and refugee policies of 2017 have impacted our schools, along with a shift in direction from the federal government about transgender bathroom policies. 

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Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning, tips fpr teachers

Computer Coding and the NGSS Standards

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Apr 20, 2017

 

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Topics: Science Lessons, NGSS, Coding

Making Standardized Testing a Positive Experience

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Snacks, games, songs, and assemblies—I’ve seen it all over the years when it comes to motivating students for high-stakes assessments. I’m not sure how effective any of it is, but teachers are willing to go all out when it comes to testing. Teachers know that these tests matter a great deal, so the extra effort and focus are worthwhile.

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Topics: classroom assessment, tips for teachers

The Best Books About Teaching and Learning of 2017—So Far

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Apr 12, 2017

We are only about 25% of the way through the year, but there has already been a number of exciting books published in the world of education. From scholarly books to practical guides and straight-talking classroom help to intellectual political thought, there is something new to be found for every type of teacher leader.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, education industry, tips for teachers

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