Sled Dog Ed

Qualifier Races for Rookies

Greetings Teachers! What does the word “qualify” mean to you? How about to your students? The world is filled with many important events that one must qualify for or have the certain qualifications of which to participate. There are qualifications for graduation, joining a sports team, entering contests, holding public office, becoming a citizen, applying …

Iditarod Daily Grammar Practice Sentences

 Dear Educators,      Just a quickie here…..some teachers have been searching the Education website for Daily Grammar Practice Sentences to use with their classes. I decided to put them all in one attachment for your convenience.  These daily grammar sentences were originally created by the 1999 Teacher on the Trail™, Andrea Aufder Hyde (Finney) and …

The Honorary Musher

Dear Teachers, How many times have you given special recognition or awards to your students in the classroom? For what types of things do you choose to recognize them or reward them? How do you determine what the qualifications for each will be and ultimately who will get the award? A special recognition in the …

How Long Is It?

Hello Fellow Educators! The season of Fall is nearing an end and hopefully you are continuing to “fall” into the depths of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska. As a retired sled dog, I had plenty of time to rest up this past summer and travel around with my owners and children from the …

Travel Plans!

Hi Everyone! Just give me a moment here to navigate my way home before I embark on my new idea for you teachers. Let’s see, I need to trot 300 yards north to the training wheel, turn left for 100 yards until I arrive at the storage building, then veer right for 50 yards until …

And the Award Goes To…

Dear Fellow Educators, The race is nearing an end to a remarkable season. I have been hearing “tales” of fabulous feats, shorter running times, exceptional athleticism, heroic efforts, and unbelievable stamina on the part of mushers, dogs, veterinarians, volunteers, and community members at the checkpoints. There is a saying in education, “It takes a whole …

DST!

Dear Educators, Wow, the race is getting more and more exciting by the day! It is amazing how things can change in such a moment’s notice. Life is full of changes and during this time of the year, having been born in the Midwest, a big change always occurred. It centered around three letters: DST. …

Many Dogs! Many Paws!

Dear Teachers, The race is on!! How many of you have watched the re-start of the 2016 Iditarod Dog Sled Race? Did you see those happy dogs ready to run from Willow to Nome? Many had their booties on, a few with T-shirts, and one team’s lead dogs even donned their goggles! It was amazing …

Additional Time?!?

Halauġikpiñ Qanuġitpich, educators? (Hello, how are you educators?) I learned my first native Inupiaq words! The Inupiaq are just one of the many native cultures found in Alaska. Throughout the race, dogs and their mushers meet many native groups, visitors and volunteers along the Iditarod Trail. Sometimes we have to stay at checkpoints for long …

Checklist for Teachers!

Teacher Friends!! The race is on in just a few days! Over the next couple of days in Anchorage, Alaska, the mushers will be meeting to review rules and regulations, signing their trail mail, obtaining their bib numbers at the Mushers’ Banquet, and putting together the last pieces of preparation for the race. They are …