Teacher on the Trail™

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Latest Teacher on the Trail™ Posts

Attitude Is Everything

It’s hard to believe “All Sass September” is almost over! This means teachers everywhere deserve a pat on the back for making it through those first weeks of school. We’ve tackled tears and tantrums alongside routines and expectations, all while staying cool, calm, and collected (on the outside at least). The initial hurdles have been …

It’s All About FUNctional Fitness

We’re off to a great start with our “All Sass September,” so let’s look at one of the factors that contributed to Brent Sass winning the 2022 Iditarod – physical fitness.  As Sass states, “The physical ability of the musher has become a much larger factor in the race over the last 10 years.”  Many …

SEL Snack: Advice From A Champion

A few weeks ago I had the great fortune to interview 2022 Iditarod Champion Brent Sass, and that interview will inform my next few posts – it’s going to be an All Sass September! Brent Sass is no stranger to success; as a three time Yukon Quest champion and six time Iditarod finisher, Iditarod Rookie …

Join Us: 2022-2023 Iditarod Post Card Challenge

We are looking for classes or homeschool families from several states to round out our fourth annual Iditarod Postcard Challenge! If you join the project, you are committing to sending postcards to each class on the list between the start of school and when the first musher leaves the Iditarod starting line on the first …

Iditarod Identity

As I contemplate the beginning of the year I am reminded of all the things I need to incorporate into my curriculum – like SEL and the CR-SE Framework. Yes, I just threw out another acronym, but don’t panic just yet. Like SEL, (see previous post Iditarod Gives All the Feels) the CR-SE Framework enhances …

Flaskback Photo(s) – Brian Hickox, 2019 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail ™️

Being tasked with finding a “flashback photo” from my experience as being the 2019 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ proved to be more challenging than anticipated. However, at the same time, it was awesome being able to revisit and reimagine the many unforgettable moments that I had. From the second I began my application process …

Flaskback Photo – Cassandra Wilson Brady, 2003 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail ™️

I enjoy reading books about the Arctic and the indigenous life.  One book that stands out for me was, Shadows on the Koyukuk: An Alaskan Native’s Life Along the River by Sidney Huntington. I highly suggest this book to get an interesting picture of an Alaskan life along the river.   My Teacher on the Trail 2003 …

Getting Started – Iditarod Style

Teachers are returning to the classroom and setting the stage for a year of engaging learning. Some of us have used Iditarod for years, and have a plan to integrate the race into the curriculum. Others are new to using the race in the classroom, and are unsure of how to proceed.   Do you start …

SEL Snack: Iditarod Gives ALL the Feels

As a teacher, it feels like every year there is a new “trend” (and a new acronym) that needs to be integrated into the curriculum. Overwhelmed and frustrated are two emotions I feel when another buzzword comes across my desk or a new pilot program is pitched in an email. It would be easy to …

Flashback Photo- Kelly Villar, 2020 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

One picture…I took thousands of images while on the trail and in the weeks building up to the journey.  To choose just one is a challenge.  After scrolling through, I have finally picked a picture I have gone back to many times.  To me, this picture represents so many parts of the Iditarod. Teamwork, determination, …