Teacher on the Trail

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Latest Teacher on the Trail Posts

C is for Charley: Sledding in Knik

A question I am often asked is if I have ever gone dog sledding myself.  Until today the answer has always been, “No, but I really want to!”  Today I met up with fellow Chicagoan, Charley Bejna, at his kennel in Knik, AK.  I had the opportunity to meet his team for the 2017 Iditarod, …

B is for Booties down the National Historic Trails

I have to admit, I am one of those people who was fascinated by Wild, by Cheryl Strayed (however, I read it well before the movie came out).  Ever since picking up Strayed’s book, I have been hooked on the National Trails System.  My sister and I have hiked trails on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific …

A is for Anchorage!

This morning my day began in my city apartment in Chicago, where it was a wonderful 47* outside.  However, it will end quite differently.  By the end of the day today I will be in Wasilla, AK preparing for my five week adventure, which includes a stay in Nome where the high today is -8*.  …

World Read Aloud Day!

“World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people.” (World Read Aloud Day Website) This Thursday (February 16, 2017) classrooms across the globe will celebrate World Read …

The Windy City Workshop

This past weekend teachers from around the country gathered in my classroom for the first ever Chicago Iditarod Teacher Workshop.  The workshop brought together teachers from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Ohio, and New Jersey and what a great day we all had!   Teachers began their day with presentations from Linda Fenton, 2013 Teacher on …

An Animal Encounter

Over the summer I did a post about Alaskan animals.  I was fascinated by seeing a moose, porcupine, and bear all in one night.  After that night, I took what I saw and turned it into a language arts and science lesson.  Along the Iditarod trail and during training a musher may encounter may different …

Meet the Finalists for 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Kim Busch, MT, Tamara Druby, IN, and Heidi Sloan, VA, have been chosen as finalists for Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  Stay tuned for more information. In early March, you’ll meet the finalists and follow their interview and the selection process by viewing this section of our website.  In April following the 2017 Iditarod, one …

Apply for Teacher on the Trail™

The Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ program is a unique opportunity for one selected educator each year, to enter into a one year agreement to teach beyond the traditional classroom walls via Internet and to be involved in a project that reaches students around the world. Creating standards driven lessons, using research based techniques, and …

2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Annie Kelley – A Radio Interview

2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Annie Kelley prepares for this year’s Iditarod.  Learn more by reading this article and listening to her interview. We are looking forward to having Annie out on the trail, in checkpoints, and sharing her observations of the race.  Annie is a 3rd grade teacher in Chicago. Checkout Annie’s online …

The Patch!

Each year the Teacher on the Trail™ gets to create their own patch and mine has finally come in!  My patch was designed by my 4th grade student, Libby McMahon.  Libby’s design was one of 35 submitted, and it was selected as the winner by the 3rd-8th graders at Saint Andrew. Libby’s design included three important things—an …