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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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Getting Started in a New School (Part 2)

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The interviewing is over, the offer has been made, and the contract is signed. Everything is wrapped up in the former place of employment (or at the university), and you are ready to dive in and get started at your new position.

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Topics: education industry, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

What Is an ACE Score and How Does It Impact My Classroom?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jul 25, 2017

While we often discuss education technology as well as new and innovative ways to create growth and optimize learning in this blog, making sure your students are ready for learning can be a key factor in a successful classroom. One of my favorite authors said, “Parents send us the best that they have. They don’t send us the tough kids and keep the really great ones at home. They give us the best they have.” It was said a little tongue-in-cheek, but there is meaning behind it that is important for all teachers to remember.

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Topics: education industry, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Improving Classroom Routines With Data

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jul 20, 2017

At times, making changes in our teaching practices can be very hard. The way we teach is a very personal matter, as teachers (should) bring their personality into the classroom to help connect with students. Because we want teachers to teach from their heart, to change our teaching means we need to change our mindset, our beliefs, or even what we are comfortable doing and saying in our classroom. Even more so than instructional practices, classroom management is one of these areas where change can be especially hard.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, curriculum, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

 I Landed a New Teaching Job—Now What? (Part One)

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jun 28, 2017

This is the time of year when educators are finding new and different teaching jobs. Whether it’s the first job right out of college or changing schools after many years, the process of starting somewhere new can be pretty overwhelming.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

What Is Google Keep and How Can I Use It in My Classroom?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jun 21, 2017

The G Suite (or Google Suite) is ever evolving. Just over the past few months, users have noticed changes to the login screen, Google Sheets has had some cool upgrades, and there are a few new ways to share and collaborate on Team Drives. Because of this, the Google Apps can be hard to keep up with—they are numerous and some are easier to use than others.

Google Keep is one of the many apps in the G Suite, but it isn’t one that pops up on the default screen, so it may not be known as well. It may take a little digging in order find all the bells and whistles to it, but I have found that it is a really useful tool.

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Topics: google docs, Google Classroom, tips for teachers, Google Educacion

Social Emotional Learning at the Secondary Level

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jun 20, 2017

When most educators think about social emotional learning, they probably think first about preschool and kindergarten. These are the years when students learn to get along with each other, share toys, solve disputes, and work cooperatively. These are critical foundational skills that students need to not only function in a classroom, but to function in society.

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Topics: Professional Development for Teachers, curriculum, tips for teachers

How Can Technology Motivate the Reluctant Learner?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Some students are hard to motivate. The methods we typically use for motivatation—things that work with most students—don’t work with this group. This can be really frustrating for teachers who work with these students, as the behaviors often don’t “make sense” to those of us in education. Why would a student with plenty of opportunity to learn, and therefore advance their stake in life, not take that opportunity? It just doesn’t make sense.

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Topics: Education Technology, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

How to Hire a Teacher with Strong Instructional Technology Skills

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jun 8, 2017

We are now at the time of the year when teachers are retiring or relocating to other schools. Administrators are looking to hire new teachers who will help take their schools to the next level in all aspects of education—especially in the area of technology.

What are some ways that principals can bring in educators who will be leaders in the area of technology? There are the basic ways to find out more about candidates, such as reference checks, resumes, applications, and cover letters. However, the traditional methods of exploring great candidates aren’t always enough to help find the right person. What are some other methods of discovering a candidate’s technical expertise and potential? Here are some ideas:

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Education Technology, Technical Challenges, education industry

How Do We Define Success in the Classroom?

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Jun 7, 2017

Looking at What Really Matters
If we truly value something, we measure it. This statement should be true, but too often in schools, it is not. Think about the things that we measure: state test scores, perfect attendance, grades, office referrals—the list goes on. It isn’t that these things aren’t important, it’s that they probably aren’t the most important.

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Keeping the Pedal Down: Finishing the School Year by Accelerating Into Summer

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, May 31, 2017

The end of the school year can be tough. These weeks are often less productive than any other time of the school year—but it doesn’t need to be. Part of having a great end to the year is mindset.

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