Author: Jane Holmes (8 posts)


The Insider as an Instructional Tool – January 2021

Summary:  On December 18, 2020, the Rookie Musher Meeting took place via ZOOM.  Veteran mushers gave their advice on technical aspects, but they also gave great encouragement about embracing the race as it has been changed and enjoying the experience. Being a rookie doesn’t mean a musher is inexperienced,  it just means a musher hasn’t …

Teacher on the Trail Update

In light of the changes needed during this global pandemic, The Iditarod Education Department has reworked and changed the 2021 Teacher on the Trail program for the safety and benefit of all. The role of 2021 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Jim Deprez has been revised, and we are excited about it.  Under advisement and …

2021 Rookie Musher Meeting

  On Saturday, December 18, the 2021 Iditarod Rookie Musher Meeting took place via ZOOM.  An Iditarod “rookie” is someone who hasn’t completed the Iditarod.  As of the writing of this article, there are 15 rookie mushers signed up for Iditarod 2021.They hail from Alaska, Wisconsin, and even Canada and France. Four of them are …

Subscribe to Iditarod Insider Video and GPS Tracker

Iditarod Insider – Video and GPS Tracker!  Subscribe or Renew TODAY! ATTENTION TEACHERS:  Insider Video and/ GPS Tracker are subscription based technology tools to enhance your Iditarod Unit of study.   The fastest way to renew your current subscription or become a new subscriber is by doing so on line.  Visit the link.  Choose a classroom …

The Insider as an Instructional Tool – December 2020

Summary:   This month’s video segments have no embedded narration.  They showcase people, animals, trail experiences, and the majestic landscape through which the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race runs. Use them for many types of writing and publishing.   Beauty of the Checkpoint – March 17, 2020 12:50am Time-lapse of the Hustle & Bustle Leaving …

The Insider as an Instructional Tool – November 2020

These video segments feature authorities speaking about the makeup of sled dogs, their genetic disposition to run, the care and training they receive, and  variety of other topics that could be used to present opinion pieces, compare/contrast, and persuasive language arts pieces. Select videos, listed below, will be available for free without an Insider subscription …

The Insider as an Instructional Tool – October 2020

Combine the experience of world class videography of musher interviews, dogs, race footage, compilations, checkpoint action, dogs, pre and post musher interviews, veterinarians, dogs, wilderness vistas, and did I say dogs? Each month this article will have a standards based lesson idea connected to one of the Insider video clips. There will be ideas for …

Writing to Mushers: Steps for Success

We are happy to provide you with contact information of mushers agreeing to receive letters from students.  If you are writing to mushers, please follow the instructions below. Send the required information to us by filling out the form found by clicking this link to  receive by email the postal contact information for mushers who …