Katie Bielecki and Kristin Hundt
Inspired educators. Learners. Global Citizens.
I am an inspired human.
When I think about what inspires me, I think about my world; my immediate world and the people in it as well as the vast world that I have traveled pieces of, but I that I want to see in its entirety, the world I want to feel connected to, and the world I want to learn as much as I can from during my time here. As long as I have questions and wonderings about, as long as I am meeting people and observing the moving parts of my world, I will be inspired. People, nature, the arts, questions, conversations, newness, connectedness, seeking answers and looking for unusual solutions inspire me.
My hope is that I can inspire those who surround me as they inspire me.
My hope is that my students feel empowered to embrace the world with open minds, full of question, seeking new understandings, and ready to journey and learn along with me.
My hope is that we establish a safe learning community, educate ourselves about our global community and use our voices to make an impact on our world in a positive way; that we might be catalysts inspiring change in our world.
My hope is that I can leave the world better than I found it and inspire my globally minded students to do the same.
These are my truths!
What does this mean as I think about education? How does this translate to teaching?
- I want to give my students as much voice and choice each day as they pursue their own learning. They will set their own learning goals and reflect on them through goal setting and student led conferences with families.
- We will give them the opportunity to impact their school community with place based learning as well as learning through service!
- We will invite them to think beyond our local community if they so desire. We will pursue Genius Hour-wondering, researching, sharing our findings with local and global communities.
- We will write grants together as they identify the needs of our local or global communities.
- We will pursue a wide range of texts together as we attempt the Book A Day Challenge.
- We will embark upon the 40 Book Challenge-with each student choosing independent texts and recommending texts heightening our awareness of the world around us.
- We will connect with students across the globe with the Global Read Aloud as we share texts and discuss our experience with students in similar reading communities.
FERVENT (adjective): having or displaying a passionate intensity.
Knowing this word also means that you too now know me!
Professionally, I am a fervent supporter of:
- Student voice
- Community Meetings
- Curriculum integration
- Problem-based learning
- Genius Hour
- Reading, reading, reading
- Reflection Time
- Global issues/Global themes
- Goal setting/conferencing
- Hope Parthenon: Hope, Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, Empowerment
- Transforming Hope’s Vacant Lot/Outdoor Spaces
- Cultivating proficient readers so they can learn about the world
- Cultivating proficient writers so they can change the world
Outside of school, you can see me getting just as fired up about…
- My wonderfully supportive husband
- My three precious boys (twins Nolan and Judah- four years old and Carter- two years old)
- Reading, reading, reading
- Disney (as in Disney World, Disneyland, Disney movies, etc)
- Anything having to do with Italy (the place, the food, celebrating that I am Italian)
- My family’s cottage on Lake Huron in Canada
- Spending time with friends and family