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 be enthused about the teaching profession. Friendships I made have continued, and our bonds are strong. Warning: Iditarod camps are addictive!
Actually being in Alaska, seeing the terrain and cultures, and of course, actually meeting Iditarod mushers and their dogs was the dream of a lifetime for me. It made the Iditarod facts and history clearer, and the amazing sessions showed me how I could match my curriculum standards with Iditarod lessons which motivate my students toward learning. Attending the two starts of the Iditarod were icing on the cake!
If you are interested in the Iditarod, the Winter or Summer Educator’s Conferences are a must-do. Start saving up, write a professional development grant, find another enthusiastic teacher-friend to accompany you and share lodging expenses, or whatever you must do…but go for it! These were truly among the best professional development conferences I have ever attended.