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Kelly Bielefeld

Kelly Bielefeld is currently a Curriculum Director in Clearwater, Kansas and an adjunct professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Prior to this he spent 13 years as an elementary and middle school principal. He holds a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Kansas State University, and master's degree in 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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Thinking Creatively With Technology

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Sep 12, 2019
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Topics: Education Technology, tips for teachers

Linking the ISTE Standards to Learning (Part Two)

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Sep 11, 2019

In part one of this series, we did a quick rundown of the ISTE standards. Looking closer at these standards, you’ll learn how they can help students to engage, and even more importantly, to think. Don’t be deceived—just because ISTE is a technology organization, the standards are about good teaching and not just about how we use technology in the classroom.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Linking the ISTE Standards to Learning (Part One)

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Aug 27, 2019

Teachers in our neck of the woods tend to use the state standards to guide their lesson planning—and for good reason. The state tests that we take align to these standards, much like they do in other states that have adopted the Common Core standards. There are so many of these standards, we tend to stop there and not look any further when it comes to breaking them down.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Using Google Slides for Graphic Design

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Aug 15, 2019

Change in technology can be hard. The time investment from teachers that goes into developing and creating materials can’t be understated. So when we make decisions about changing technology, we should take this into consideration.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Student Feedback Part Three: Moving Students Through Learning

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Aug 14, 2019

So far in our feedback series, we’ve discussed general types of student feedback as well as best practices for feedback in the classroom. In thinking about how feedback shapes a classroom, I have changed my understanding of what quality feedback really means. It is much more than responses to students, and it is even more than comments back to them when correcting their work. It is a response to learning moments that move students deeper into their learning.

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Topics: Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Teaching Climate Change in the Classroom

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Aug 8, 2019

Teachers try to balance many different elements while planning lessons. Content standards, interest level of students, high levels of rigor, prior knowledge, and empowering and engaging student learning all play a role as teachers are determining how to structure a lesson. As teachers think about increasing relevance in the classroom and applying critical thinking strategies, they can look no further than the current debate about climate change in our world—a topic that meets most, if not all, of the criteria listed above.

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Topics: STEM Lessons, STEM

Student Feedback Part Two: Best Practices Supported by Research

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Aug 7, 2019

In part one of our feedback series, we reviewed the types of feedback that we most see used in the classroom. These types of feedback each have a role to play. When we correct a student’s learning, encourage them, and affirm their good work, we build relationships and trust with them. All educators know how important this is and how it must occur first before deep learning can take place.  

But when it comes to learning, this kind of feedback doesn’t really impact the student much. They might feel good about the support that is being offered, but how often do they actually learn from this kind of feedback?

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Topics: tips for teachers

Student Feedback Part One: Supporting Students Through Feedback

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Teachers know how important feedback is. We know that to help students correct misconceptions, improve skills, and remain motivated, we have to give the right feedback at the right time. But the term “feedback” encompasses a number of different types of responses to students. From an encouraging statement to a deep-dive response on a student’s essay, feedback comes in all shapes and sizes.

But not all feedback is the same. Some types are more effective than others and some are more important than others. All different types of feedback have a role in the classroom, but teachers need to be informed on how to best respond to students.

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Topics: tips for teachers

Guiding Teachers Through Standards-Based Grading (Part Two)

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Jul 23, 2019
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Topics: classroom assessment, tips for teachers

Supporting Transitioning Teachers

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Jul 18, 2019

In some areas of the country, qualified teachers are harder and harder to come by for certain content areas. Some states and districts have had to use creative means to find teachers. One of these avenues is using transition to teaching programs in order to find teachers. In these programs, individuals usually have a degree in a content area, such as science or math, but lack the credentials or experience necessary for teaching.  

As with most things, there is an upside to these teachers as well as some drawbacks. It does allow your school to think outside the box to fill positions, which is a major advantage. At the same time, it is good to consider what the possible potholes will be of hiring one of these teachers.

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Topics: education industry, tips for teachers

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