Author: Jim (48 posts)


Misconceptions and More: The Start of the Race

  Continuing one of my themes from last year, I wanted to start this year by looking deeper at the start of the race. The premise of this post actually brings to mind 2 separate misconceptions about the Last Great Race. The first one being why the race was started. Many think that the Iditarod …

Moments with Mushers: What’s Important for People to Know…

  For me, Interviewing the mushers was one of the greatest highlights of the past year. Talking to these great men and women and hearing their take on the race and sport they love so much was surreal, and the depth and breadth of their responses made it even more incredible. Next year I look …

Classroom Connections: Iditarod Encyclopedia

  I always try to wrap up our study of the Iditarod with a fun activity where the students can really showcase their knowledge they have gained. In this Iditarod Encyclopedia lesson, the students complete a summative writing assessment using the information they’ve learned throughout their study of the Iditarod. The best part is, that …

Moments with Mushers: Who Do You Look Up To?

  The month of May has finally arrived. For me, this month marks the end of the school year, but begins with the celebration of Mother’s Day, Principal’s Day, Nurses Week, and Teacher Appreciation Week. These events provide time to thank those who help and support us in the schools, and maybe even some of …

Classroom Connections: Coding the Trail with Ozobots

  This is one of my favorite new lessons that I have added to my Iditarod interdisciplinary unit. Programming and coding are two skills that have become much more prevalent in the world of education, and students’ skills with technology are beginning at earlier stages in their development. Adding coding as a part of our …

Moments with Mushers: Funniest Moments

  With April Fool’s day occurring at the beginning of the month, I thought it would be a perfect time to ask some mushers about their funniest moments on the trail. I have heard multiple stories about hallucinations and sleep deprivation, but interestingly enough, none of the mushers talked about any of those kinds of …

Classroom Connections: Student Trail Reporters

  With all the technology we’ve used this year, I was presented with the opportunity to try something new with my students. Throughout my career as an educator, I have met a number of teachers who have had their students conduct a “news update” during morning meetings for the rest of their class. I thought …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Thursday, March 18th

Thursday, March 18     As we watch the teams cross under the finish sign holding a big red lantern, students commonly ask what it is and why they have it. One thing we always end up talking about is the fact that not everyone who races gets an award for finishing – in other …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Wednesday, March 17th

Wednesday, March 17     As my students track the race each year, they record their musher’s location and standing in the race, as well as the dogs that remain on the trail with the team. There are always a number of questions about why the number of their dogs decrease as the race goes …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Tuesday, March 16th

Tuesday, March 16       Question of the Day: How do mushers sleep during the race?   This question actually came up in my classroom today after watching some of the mushers cross the finish line. My students noticed how exhausted the mushers looked and asked about their sleep during the race. This is …