Academic Purpose

Academic Purpose: 21st Century Skills: Iditarod

Iditarod is one way to meet academic benchmarks, build 21st century skills, encourage reading, and empower learners of all ages to explore interesting topics.  The theme of the race is often used to inspire students to set and work towards goals as well as become involved in community service learning projects.  To educators, the race …


Iditarod Beginnings, or How Teachers Start Using Iditarod as a Teaching Tool

By Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Teachers rejuvenate themselves and their classroom teaching by trying different ideas, activities, and different techniques to catch their students’ interest and boost learning. The Iditarod is one of those different topics to use as a teaching tool to facilitate student learning. How do teachers discover the Iditarod, and how …


Message From a Teacher. . Why We Teach the Race

I was interested in presenting this lesson to my students as a way to celebrate the end of their state testing and to also introduce my students to the true meaning of self-sacrifice, commitment, survival, and endurance.  The project began with the documentary of Sven Haltmann to build background knowledge and to make a personal connection …


Messages From Teachers: Why Use the Race with Students?

I am the speech therapist for middle & high schoolers with severe disabilities.  (Grades 6 – 12) My teaching area is Speech Language Pathology. Our goal is to promote communication to gain information that is motivating to our students. Most of our students are non-verbal so in order to use their communication devices they need …


Educational Purpose Accomplished

By Blynne Froke, Finalist for Target’s ® 2012 Teacher on the Iditarod Trail ™ The real purpose of education in the United States, when it became compulsory in the early 1900s was to produce workers for the growing number of factories that the Industrial Revolution had created.  They needed workers that could be counted on …


Academic Purpose: Lessons and Learning Style

As a finalist for  2012 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ I believe that lessons created must be of the highest quality and standards-based.  Lessons must also be research based for validity.  I find that assessing my students for their preferred learning style is important to their success.  It helps me select the right trail for …


Opportunity

Dictionary.com defines opportunity as a good chance for success.  Opportunities aren’t always apparent to us.  Sometimes we have to look for them.  When someone asks you to participate in an activity that you haven’t tried before it is easy to decline.  This week I was given the opportunity to go for a sled dog ride.  …


Iditarod in the Classroom: Then and Now

By Kathy Kelly *More than 20 years ago, educator Kathy Kelly recognized that the Iditarod was an engaging theme to hook students into reading, writing, and math.  Kathy wrote an article for the Learning Magazine.  A discussion between the magazine’s editor and Joanne Potts resulted in a suggestion and Iditarod providing the first ‘teacher’s tool’ …


Around the World: Iditarod: Kindergarten in Germany

Charlee Stevens, Educational Journalist, Germany Things you need to know: I teach Kindergarten on a military base in Germany. I have 25 children in class.  They range from non-readers to about level 6 in DRA. My class is run as a company where each child has a job and gets a daily wage.  They get …


The Race to Student Success

Why use the race with your students?  Here is what teachers are saying. . . . While reading the story Balto, my students became fascinated with the journey and challenges Balto faced on his mission. Seeing their enthusiasm, I realized the incredible opportunity for learning. Project goals are aligned with the Florida Sunshine State Standards …