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  • Mathematical Reasoning and Critical Thinking ~ by Kathy Thompson

    Paw Print = Anchorage ~ Potter Marsh Wildlife Viewing Boardwalk Exploration Feeling ~ Day Two = Reflective Today we traveled to the Potter Marsh Wildlife located at the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge with Sara Lamont.  My head was spinning with a ton of math ideas as I looked at each angle ...

     
     
    
    
    

Latest Teach and Learn Posts

2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Announced

The Iditarod Education Department is pleased to announce our 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Julianne Westrich.  Juli is the Iditarod’s 24th Teacher on the Trail, a title earned through a rigorous application and selection process.  Based on her written application, she was selected as one of 3 finalists that were invited to Alaska to …

Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Application

The Application for the 2024 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail is Available Now The Teacher on the Trail program is a unique opportunity for one selected educator to teach beyond the traditional classroom walls via Internet and to be involved in a project that reaches students around the world during  a one year volunteer teaching …

Memories

Greetings, Teachers! Spring is in the air and temperatures are rising. While basking in the sun and taking an afternoon nap the other day on the front porch, my buddy, Topaz, and I overheard sweet music coming from the house. Capturing our attention and echoing dreamily in our ears was a set of lyrics from …

IditaRead Finisher’s Certificate

The last musher has crossed the finish line in Iditarod 50. And what a race it was this year! Your IditaRead “mushers” may be crossing the finish as well.  Here are the PDFs and jpeg for a black and white or a color finisher’s certificate for you to present to your finishers. Additionally, we want …

Living Your Values With Iditarod ~ by Kathy Thompson

Paw Print = Maryland Exploration Feeling = Appreciative Live Your Values with Iditarod What can I say about my experience as a 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Finalist?  How can I conclude this incredible voyage in one final post?  There were so many powerful moments that this last post makes it difficult to wrap …

Reflection and Impact of my time in Alaska by Cindy Emmons

Before my time in Anchorage as a Teacher on the Trail finalist I taught the Iditarod in my third grade classroom and as a grade level because the stories of mushers and sled dogs, grit and determination and themes such as perseverance, skill, community and compassion weaved in beautifully with my third grade content and …

Welcome to Debski’s Diner: Lesson Ideas from the I.C.E. Cohort

Our first Iditarod Certified Educator’s cohort is off and running down the trail! Their first challenge was to develop a quick lesson idea based on the theme of Debski’s Diner. Debski is the amazing cook for all of the volunteers in Nome. She serves as a kind of den mom for all of the volunteers …

Starting from Scratch – By Juli Westrich

Originally, I wrote an entirely different post to conclude my 2022 Iditarod experience.  In fact, it’s sitting in draft, ready for just one final click of the publish button.  Then White Mountain happened.  My intended post was about the Iditarod as family.  There is a legacy and multigenerational nature to Iditarod, both mushers and volunteers. …

Insider in the Classroom: Race Edition 2022

It’s that time again – race time!  The teams are burning up the trail and the Insider crew is trying to keep up with them.  The Iditarod EDU department is committed to helping you busy teachers find useful Insider video clips for teaching. Check here daily for updates on the newest video clips posted and …

Celebrating 50 years of “A Race With A Heart” by Cindy Emmons

As my journey comes to an end as a Teacher on the Trail finalist I am reaffirmed that the four words I use for my Iditarod themed classroom are spot on: Perseverance, Compassion, Community and Skill.  After spending nine days in Alaska at the Winter Education Conference, attending both the Ceremonial Start in Anchorage and …