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Latest Teacher on the Trail Posts

Adopting Copernicus

Paws Along the Trail with Adoption What happens to sled dogs when they are retired or when they just don’t have the heart for pulling? Mushers keep them or find new, loving homes for the dogs. Heidi: For two summers at Iditarod Educator’s Camp, I loved seeing Copernicus in the dog yard. He appeared to be …

Beginning the Dream

Back when I began following the Iditarod and the EDU website, I read about 2004 Teacher on the Trail™, Jeff Peterson. I remember thinking, “Wow! I would LOVE to do that!” The dream began for me, but it seemed beyond reach. As the years passed and I used the Iditarod more and more as a tool …

Dog Team Hitches and Math

Paws Along the Trail with Hitches and Math Most of us picture a dog sled team harnessed in tandem along a gangline, pulling a sled.  For the Iditarod teams, this formation keeps the dogs closer together which is good for narrow, wooded trails.  Pulling power is  concentrated.  Dog teams can also be hitched into a fan formation where the …

Are Sled Dogs Forced to Run?

Paws Along the Trail with Real News A friend recently sent me a video depicting sled dog racing in a bad light.  She asked if I had seen any of those incidents while in Alaska.  I replied with a more balanced article that showed what I have observed over the years. Recent videos on the Internet …

Students, Dogs, Character

Paws Along the Trail with Character As you get your class list, do your eyebrows go up at certain names? Do you feel a twinge of joy seeing other names? Whether we are thrilled or not, those students are our team this year. As the teacher, or musher if you will, it is our job …

Reading Corner “Drop Bags”

  Mushers are allowed to ship supplies ahead so they can replenish their “people” food, dog food,  and gear such as  boots, gloves, dog booties, and more. They may send three 50-pound “drop bags” per checkpoint. The bags are labeled with their names and A, B, or C. The bags are flown into the checkpoints and …

The Iditarod, a Solid Teaching Tool

It’s teacher work week or close to it, and we teachers are scrambling to ready ourselves for a new school year.  It’s sometimes overwhelming just to teach our required standards. More and more is piled onto our proverbial plates each year.  However, here are the benefits I see when incorporating the Iditarod into the curriculum: Student engagement …

Mushing in the Family

Summer is a great season to spend time with family. Through working or playing together, skills and interests are definitely passed on to children.  We see a variety of second-generation careers:  movie stars, business people, mechanics, farmers, and in my case, teachers. Apparently, mushing falls into the generational gene pool. In Fairbanks’ Daily News-Miner, Dan …

Staying in Shape

    We all know that sled dogs stay in shape during the snowy, winter months when training for long distance runs.  But what happens now, in Alaska’s summer?  And yes, there is summer in America’s northernmost state.   Summer exercise varies.  Some mushers work with their dogs guiding tourists on glaciers.  Others give trail rides to …

Washington D.C. and the Iditarod

Flying home over Washington, D.C., from Iditarod Summer Teacher Camp, I spotted familiar landmarks: the Washington Monument obelisk rising high into the sky, the five sided Pentagon, the Jefferson Monument, and more. This busy city with huge buildings seems a far cry from the wilds of Alaska. However, there are times the two worlds have …