Annie Kelly McGuire 2017 Teacher on the Trail

2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Annie McGuire’s Most Memorable Moments

There are two memories that stick out in my mind when I think back to my year as the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail.  The first memory occurred while in Tanana. Tanana had only been a checkpoint a few times before, but they could not have been more welcoming! The night I was in …

An Iditarod Goodbye

Two years ago today I started my first trek to Alaska.  I was excited to explore this beautiful state, and to learn more about using the Iditarod in my classroom.  Little did I know that this first visit to Alaska would lead to 4 more within the last two years.  My journey as Teacher on …

Alaska Sealife Center: Distance Learning

Counting the Iditarod SEVEN Checkpoints Visited by the Teacher on the Trail This year I had the opportunity to visit seven villages along the Iditarod Trail: Nenana, Tanana, Ruby, Galena, Nulato, Elim, and White Mountain.  Each checkpoint was unique, and they were all excited to have the mushers, dogs, and volunteers visit their village.  In …

I is for Iditarod: Teachers Hop on the Trail

The Iditarod Alphabet 2017 I is for Iditarod Historic Trail Iditarod is the name of an old gold mining town that existed during the last gold rush in the early 1900s.  Joe Redington, Sr.,founder of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, lived along the Historic Iditarod Trail, and was friends with the last mail carrier …

Where is Annie? Find out!

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The Patch!

Each year the Teacher on the Trail™ gets to create their own patch and mine has finally come in!  My patch was designed by my 4th grade student, Libby McMahon.  Libby’s design was one of 35 submitted, and it was selected as the winner by the 3rd-8th graders at Saint Andrew. Libby’s design included three important things—an …

The Patch!

Each year the Teacher on the Trail™ gets to create their own patch and mine has finally come in!  My patch was designed by my 4th grade student, Libby McMahon.  Libby’s design was one of 35 submitted, and it was selected as the winner by the 3rd-8th graders at Saint Andrew. Libby’s design included three important things—an …

Woodsong

Severe weather, sleep deprivation, and animal encounters are just a few of the challenges of participating in the Iditarod.  In Gary Paulsen’s Woodsong, he recounts his adventures in completing the Last Great Race on Earth! This book of memoirs is great for upper elementary and middle school students.  It gives students the opportunity to experience …

The Amazing Iditarod Race

This past Monday was a chilly one in Chicago!  The temperature at the opening of school was -7*, and many schools in the Chicagoland area were closed.  However, the weather made for a perfect setting for my Iditarod math lesson. This is a fun lesson that can be adapted for any grade.  In the lesson …

Musher Music Playlist

Music is enjoyed by so many people across the world.  From rock to pop, and country to classical, music is all around us.  Music can tell a story, convey a feeling, or simply help us relax. The music in the Insider videos help us catch the feel of the race, while listening to Hobo Jim …