Jan Iwase

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I Did Not Write This

 A website “Voices in Education” published a blog post on their website that is attributed to me. I wanted to let readers know that I did not write the blog post titled, “How to Practice Python Programming Skills.” I contacted the website and hopefully, they will take it down or attribute it to the correct…

How to Practice Python Programming Skills

Python is a complicated language to learn, but it’s also one of the most popular programming languages in the world, which means you can use it for all kinds of software development projects. The best way to learn any programming language is through consistent practice. You’re probably wondering how to do this in the best…

A Metaphor for Hope

I love to post photos of rainbows on social media. I’ve been fortunate to capture some unusual or especially vibrant ones on my walks around our neighborhood. Yesterday, I posted this photo while we were in the car.  As I write this blog post, more than 410,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, and 24.7 million…

An Incredible Experience!

I decided that I had to share an incredible experience I had this past week because I’m still so amazed that I got to witness it.  On Monday of this week, I noticed a swarm of honeybees in our pikake (jasmine) bush in the front of our home. I knew about swarms, that these bees…

Can It Get Any Worse?

I started a blog post yesterday. It was going to be a positive post, titled “Looking Back, Looking Forward,” and I planned to share a couple of beautiful photos of rainbows that I took since the start of the new year. I was filled with hope that 2021 would be a better year despite all…

Time to Examine Our Beliefs about Education

These are challenging times as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our nation and our world. Yet we see those in essential positions continue their commitment as they work tirelessly during these challenging times. That is true of our educators; learning how to adapt during a pandemic was never a part of the…

Let’s Listen to Teacher Voices

Recently, some teachers shared on Twitter that they are still reluctant and uncomfortable about speaking up in meetings for fear of being called a troublemaker. Those words surprised and saddened me because these are teacher leaders who are respected and publicly acknowledged for their voices and their views. I could understand how they felt, though.…

Self-Reflection and Goal-Setting

 I remember the first time I sat in on a student-led conference. Our youngest son was in the fifth grade, and it was conference week. We received a letter from the teacher informing us that students would be leading their conference. The big day came; our son was a bit nervous when he began, but…

Make Time for Writing

 As I look back at all my past blog points, I realized that I had not shared my thoughts about writing even though I believe it is one of the best ways for students to take their thinking to a higher level. I observed younger students who were eager to write and share their stories…

Giving Thanks 2020

When I was a principal, I used Thanksgiving as an opportunity to share my gratitude to our school community. The last time I wrote a Giving Thanks blog post was in 2018, and although this has been a challenging year for most of us because of Covid-19, I realize how lucky I am to be able…