Teacher's Journal

Moments with Mushers: Funniest Moments

  With April Fool’s day occurring at the beginning of the month, I thought it would be a perfect time to ask some mushers about their funniest moments on the trail. I have heard multiple stories about hallucinations and sleep deprivation, but interestingly enough, none of the mushers talked about any of those kinds of …

Classroom Connections: Student Trail Reporters

  With all the technology we’ve used this year, I was presented with the opportunity to try something new with my students. Throughout my career as an educator, I have met a number of teachers who have had their students conduct a “news update” during morning meetings for the rest of their class. I thought …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Thursday, March 18th

Thursday, March 18     As we watch the teams cross under the finish sign holding a big red lantern, students commonly ask what it is and why they have it. One thing we always end up talking about is the fact that not everyone who races gets an award for finishing – in other …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Wednesday, March 17th

Wednesday, March 17     As my students track the race each year, they record their musher’s location and standing in the race, as well as the dogs that remain on the trail with the team. There are always a number of questions about why the number of their dogs decrease as the race goes …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Tuesday, March 16th

Tuesday, March 16       Question of the Day: How do mushers sleep during the race?   This question actually came up in my classroom today after watching some of the mushers cross the finish line. My students noticed how exhausted the mushers looked and asked about their sleep during the race. This is …

Moments with Mushers: How the Race Has Changed

  In hindsight, this question was a really meaningful one to ask this year, given all of the changes due to Covid. I presented it to  some of the mushers over the summer, long before the route was changed to the “2021 Gold Trail Loop”. Given what we know now, I’m sure many of them …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Monday, March 15th

Monday, March 15th     Over the weekend I watched several videos of the Northern Lights that were posted on the Insider and I also took a look at some of Dave Poyzer’s amazing photos on the Iditarod Photo Gallery page https://iditarod.com/photo/.  Based on what I saw, it seems like there has been an extra …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Sunday, March 14th

Sunday, March 14th   As Martin Buser said in a recent Facebook post, the next stretch from Nikolai to Skwentna will be just like Mr. Toad’s Wild ride! There are many unknowns on the return trip, and mushers need to be prepared for anything.  Here are the current standings (according to the Iditarod GPS tracker) …

Interview from Nikolai

Tails from the Trail…. I was recently able to catch up with Samantha, one of the two teachers in Nikolai.  Iditarod 2021 is definitely different for everyone.  See what Samantha has to say about life in Nikolai! What is it like to be living and working in Nikolai?   Nikolai is a small Native village, only …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Saturday, March 13th

Saturday, March 13th Since it’s the weekend and all of my students are home, the trail reporting will look a little different for the next two days. Instead of video reports from my students, I will be typing up some of the most recent developments in the race. However, on Monday we will go back …