Author: Terrie Hanke (614 posts)


Jr. Iditarod Mushers Start the Ball Rolling

Ask me when Iditarod starts and I’ll always answer, “The last Saturday of February.”  That’s for a couple of reasons.  Over the years, many of the Jr. Iditarod mushers have gone on to compete in the Iditarod.  Also, the festivities of the Jr. Iditarod occur one week prior to Iditarod and it seems that the …

Virtual Field Trips with Julia Cross of CrissCross Racing

As teachers meet the needs of students virtually, mushers are stepping up to lend a hand.  Julia Cross who is the highest placing Canadian in Jr. Iditarod history has a whole list of field trip topics ready to present to students either pre-recorded or live. Julia says, “If a teacher would like to set up …

CHECKPOINT FITNESS: Aerobic & Strength Exercises

Lesson Summary: Students run, jog or walk for a predetermined amount of time and intensity around the gym.  When time is up, students choose a checkpoint to go to.  A student rolls the die to determine what exercise the group will do.  All students perform the exercise.  Repeat. Procedural Activities:  The instructor selects 6 activities …

Virtual Trail Journey – Ophir at Mile 352

BOO!  Being that the next two checkpoints on the trail are located in GHOST TOWNS, my story should begin with a ghostly greeting!  So, what’s a ghost town?  It’s a deserted town.  The residents have left usually because their jobs no longer exist or because of natural disasters, fires or wars.  That’s exactly the case …

Virtual learning with Husky Homeroom – Part 2

Aliy Zirkle of SP Kennel has now posted five lessons in Husky Homeroom.  Aliy is an enthusiastic teacher and her canine teaching assistants are very happy helpers.  The explanations Aliy offers during the lessons are easy to follow.  Her examples create clear pictures of the concepts she is sharing.  Here are mini Socratic summaries of …

Virtual Learning with Husky Homeroom

Adapting: being able to adjust to new conditions.  Mushers have been doing that ever since dogs pulling sleds became a means of transportation.  Over the past six months we’ve become very adept at adapting every aspect of our lives.  Virtual learning is a way of adapting.  Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore of SP Kennel have …

How do sled dogs find their way?

Question from a race fan, “How do sled dogs find their way?  If a team happens to be a trailbreaker do they use scent to find their way?” Thanks for your question.  Scent is certainly one way a sled dog can follow the trail.  But before we talk specifically about how sled dogs find their …

Eye on the Trail: Recognizing and Thanking Diane Johnson

When Diane Johnson became director of Iditarod Education in the fall of 2005, the program was in its infancy.  Today as Diane passes the roll onto a new director, the program is well-developed and serving educators and students around the world.  It reminds me of a photo I captured a year ago in Katmai.  A …

Eye on the Trail: Deprez is 2021 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Jim Deprez of Ohio will serve as the twenty-third Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  The program began back in 1999 when Andrea (Finney) Auf der Heyde convinced the Iditarod Trail Committee to put a teacher out on the trail to be a direct link between the race and classrooms around the world.  As an Elementary …

Eye on the Trail: Snow, SNOW and MORE SNOW

It was a start like nothing in the recent past.  Nobody can remember having snow falling at a rate of 3 inches per hour for the start of Iditarod.  In the past 24 hours, 16 inches of snow has fallen in Willow.  Some mushers think the snow will slow the teams down early on which …