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Latest Teacher on the Trail Posts

The Year of the Dog

Paws Along the Trail with the Strengths of the Sled Dog The Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 16. A Chinese tradition chooses an animal to represent the year. Those born under said animal year supposedly possess the character strengths and weaknesses of that creature. Examples are the monkey, rooster, rat (no, thank you), …

Earthquakes and Sled Dogs

Paws Along the Trail with an Earthquake While in Alaska last winter as a Teacher on the Trail™ finalist, we gathered on the top floor of the hotel, enjoying the Exxon Mobile social. The first speaker proceeded through a litany of warnings and advice on what to do in the event of an earthquake. I …

The Finisher’s Belt Buckle

Paws Along the Trail with the Finisher’s Belt Buckle As the biggest football game of the year approaches, it brings to mind the prize the champions receive: special rings. The Iditarod is similar! Rookie mushers who complete the grueling race across the wilderness of Alaska win a special prize: the Finisher’s Belt Buckle. How did …

New to Teaching With the Iditarod?

Paws Along the Trail with an Iditarod Start If you’ve never incorporated the Iditarod as a teaching tool into your classroom, it can be a bit daunting to get started.  We teachers have so many standards to teach that it’s difficult to find the time to add a new idea, no matter how great it …

Choosing the Team

Paws Along the Trail with Team Captains How do mushers who use dogs from the same kennel choose their Iditarod dog teams? Matthew Failor says they divide up the dogs “like a school yard game.” In 2017, he and Michael Baker chose teams from the same kennel, 17th Dog. “We choose certain dogs to balance the …

Learn From the Dogs

Paws Along the Trail with Life Lessons     You can learn a lot from a bunch of dogs!  Exxon Mobile, a major sponsor of the Iditarod Education Department, is correct with this logo. Cindy Abbott, recipient of the 2015 and 2017 Red Lantern Awards,  is a musher with outstanding persistence and a strong sense …

Quote for a New Year

Paws Along the Trail with a Friend “As long as he has a dog, he has a friend; and the poorer he gets, the better friend he has.” – Will Rogers For a creative writing activity,  give students Will Rogers’ quote and ask them to write their thoughts about how dogs can be friends for …

Iditarod and Winter Solstice

Paws Along the Trail with Daylight Hours One of my students once asked, “Why isn’t the Iditarod run in January when there is  more snow?”  This activity may provide an answer. Winter solstice is almost upon us. My students have been solving a lengthy math problem:  what will be the daylight hours in our home …

Light and Arctic Fur

Paws Along the Trail with Light What arctic animal might a sled dog team encounter along the Iditarod Trail?  Moose?  Bison?  Likely.   Polar Bears?  Unlikely, yet possible along the coast.  I happened upon these Christmas ornaments in a store and was troubled by penguins paired with a Native Alaskan and a polar bear. Both …

STEM and a Robotic Paw

Paws Along the Trail with STEM Our school has an initiative to incorporate more STEM projects, creating student thinkers and problem solvers.  My latest STEM project combined sled dogs and robotics!  Students were given the task to design a robotic dog paw. To introduce the idea, students were directed step by step to create a …