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Latest Teacher on the Trail™ Posts

Moments with Mushers: Clothing

  Every musher has their own preferences – on just about everything. So when it comes to the clothing they take on the trail, it is no different. I asked some mushers what their most important piece of clothing is, and how it has changed over the years. As technology constantly improves and new materials …

Misconceptions and More: Red Lantern vs. Widow’s Lamp

  (Imagine this being spoken in the sultry, incomparable voice of the Iditarod Insider’s Greg Heister – at least that’s how I imagine it). “The finish line… what every musher pictures in their mind after they leave Willow and the restart of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. A mere 1,000 miles through weather and terrain …

Glogster – The Iditarod, Machu Picchu, and Denali

Many teachers always comment that they want to incorporate the Iditarod all year, but they don’t know how.  As a result, the Iditarod makes it into their classroom for a small amount of time.  It is very possible to teach the Iditarod year round while still teaching your other curriculum. My students are currently studying …

Classroom Connections: The Red Lantern Award

The Red Lantern has always been, for me, an award that is a matter of perspective. However, more recently it has become a great teaching tool. Through my years of teaching about the Iditarod, students have always asked why there is an award for the last place finisher. This prompts many discussions and stories of …

Cathy’s Lessons and Messages

Cathy’s Lessons and Messages Download and read this PDF booklet containing messages from Cathy during 2009 Iditarod by following this link. Lessons by Cathy Download a booklet containing Cathy’s lessons by clicking here.  (To be added soon) Lessons: Water the Huskies Relay Summary: Students will run traditional relays with the intent of working as a team to …

Moments with Mushers: Qualities and Characteristics

  Living in Ohio, and being an Ohio State alum, each year I look forward to the start of the college football season. After the delayed start this year, I was excited to have this sense of “normalcy” return a couple weeks ago with the return of Big 10 football. Just like the mushers of …

Misconceptions and More: Mushing and the Military

  With the celebrations of Patriot Day in September and Veteran’s Day next month, I have been thinking about our military and the brave men and women who help keep our country safe. When it comes to the role of animals in the military, I’m sure many of us think of horses that were used …

Classroom Connections: 10 Universal Native Values – Community Building (Virtual Lesson Possibility)

In doing some research into the native cultures of Alaska, I stumbled upon a great idea from a teacher who used the 10 Native Universal Values as the cornerstones for setting up her classroom community. I thought this was a brilliant idea. As I explored this topic further, I was able to relate each native …

Moments with Mushers: Scary Stories

  To go along with Halloween later this month, I thought it would be appropriate to post about what a few of the mushers remember as some of their scariest moments on the trail. It may be scary for a completely different reason, but is still fitting.    Here are their stories…   As told …

Misconceptions and More: Iditarod & the Serum Run

  This is perhaps one of the most common misconceptions surrounding the Iditarod, and one that I realized only a few years ago.  Although both the Serum Run and the Iditarod are of great importance, and share some of the same route, trails, and stops, they are two events that are completely separate. The Iditarod …