Author: Heidi Sloan (95 posts)


Warming Up For the Iditarod

Dear Girls and Boys, I am a sled dog, and we love to run and pull!  Whenever a musher comes out into their dog kennel with harnesses, we dogs start jumping and barking like crazy, almost as though we are saying, “Pick me!  Pick me!”  Many sled dogs get practice on other races before the …

Planning and Packing

Dear Boys and Girls, What is currently happening with the mushers?   They are packing drop bags!  Each musher may send ahead three 50 lb. bags of supplies for EACH checkpoint.  Count up the checkpoints on the northern route of the race and figure out how many bags a musher can send ahead. https://iditarod.com/race/2020/checkpoints/ The reason …

Training the Rookies

Hi Guys and Girls! It’s Gypsy, and I’m back as a canine reporter!  So many exciting things are happening for us sled dogs and our mushers; I want to tell you about one of them. For two days in December, all the rookie mushers had a mandatory meeting.  Mandatory means they HAVE TO attend the …

Best Conferences…Iditarod Style!

My journey toward 2018 Teacher on the Trail™ started at an Iditarod Educator’s Camp in the summer of 2016.  The thing I first loved about coming to an Iditarod Educator’s Conference was that I met like-minded, passionate teachers!  Anyone who incorporates the Iditarod and is willing to travel to Alaska to learn more has to …

A Great Ride!

Paws Along the Trail to Say Goodbye I can scarcely believe my year as Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ has come to an end.  What a great ride it has been! Learning more about the Last Great Race™, this amazing feat of strength and endurance,  has been a dream come true. Here are some Iditarod …

Make it Fun!

Paws Along the Trail with Laughter School is ending for many of us teachers.  This is the time of year when standardized tests are completed and some lighthearted academic activities are welcomed in the classroom.  I love seeing my students laugh!  This activity brought fun moments for our last week together. I thought, “Why not …

Volunteers

Paws Along the Trail with Wonderful Volunteers People have asked me, “What was your biggest surprise on the Iditarod Trail?” My answer is the volunteers.  I had no idea the extent of what goes on “behind the scenes” to pull off such a race!  Volunteers come from everywhere! Some are local adults and school children from …

Fractions and Fundraising

Paws Along the Trail with Fractions  The Iditarod lends itself to teaching fraction concepts and computation in many ways.  For fraction concepts, see the musher drop bags above.  The denominator shows the total in a fraction set.  The numerator shows which particular bag in the set. Looking at mushers’ websites and their dog listings/photos, students …

Resilience and Respect

Paws Along the Trail with Resilience and Respect Resilience:  the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Christina traveled all the way from the UK to attend the Iditarod Winter Teachers’ Conference in Anchorage.  Her enthusiasm for the race and how it impacts her students was infectious! She works at the college level, helping students …

Iditarod with Text Features and Structures

Paws Along the Trail with Creating Iditarod Booklets If your class followed the Iditarod, you will be surprised at what your students remember even at this time of the year.  As we review for the reading standardized state test, I am still using the Iditarod to motivate and engage my students. A difficult concept is …