Character Education

Turn On the Lights!

Late January is a difficult time of year; all of the bright holiday lights have come down as the snow, slush, and cold have settled in, and any sign of spring is too far away to see. Finding a way through this long stretch is possible, especially when we focus on the inner light that …

SEL Snack: New Year’s Resolution – Be Kind

January 1st. The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. It is a day of potential – a strange sort of limbo where anything is possible in the coming year. Resolutions are made with the hope that in two months…six months…nine months we will be fitter, …

NOT In It To Win It

I run, but I’m not competitive and I don’t always enjoy it. I started running pretty late in life, as a new mom who wanted to return to her pre-baby pants size and not be out of breath climbing the stairs to grab a diaper. Running worked for me because I could squeeze in 2 …

Comfort Food

Next month is Thanksgiving here in the US. The holiday focuses on gratitude but, if I am being completely honest, it is really all about the food. I will definitely get back to the thankfulness component in my November posts, but for now let’s talk turkey…and mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. There is something about …

Primary Source of the Month: May

The idea of awarding a red lantern to the final finisher in a dog race apparently got its start during the Fur Rendezvous races in 1953 as a joke. When the the Iditarod came into existence, the tradition continued. The award has come to represent the preservation and grit needed to finish the race. The …

Iditarod Quilts 2018

This year 9 Iditarod quilts have been crisscrossing the United States, visiting over 8,500 students in more than 65 schools.  Each quilt serves as a great teaching tool for teachers, and gets students excited about the Last Great Race! From the teachers: In Ms. Berg’s class in Seattle: “The first graders work[ed] around character traits …

Thinking Interdependently: Habits of the Mind

Thinking Interdependently by Judi Roach Title: Habits of Mind and Iditarod connection Developed by: Judi Roach Discipline / Subject: Self-Regulation/Life Skills Topic: Teaching the 16 Habits of Mind using Iditarod Insider Clips Grade Level: 3rd Through 12 Resources / References / Materials Teacher Needs: Habits of Mind mini posters/Iditarod Insider Video Clips/Sled and dog chart/white …

8 Traits of Iditarod – Diligence

Read about Diligence – the second trait of Iditarod in this story by Sanka. Click here to view this PDF file                

8 Traits of Iditarod – Integrity

Read about Integrity – the 3rd trait of Iditarod in this story written by Sanka Click here to view this PDF File.                                    

8 Traits of Iditarod – Team Work

Read about Team Work – the 4th trait of Iditarod in the story by Sanka. Click here to view this PDF File.