Teacher's Journal

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 …

Classroom Connections: The Patch – Getting To Know You Activity (Virtual Lesson Possibility)

  I don’t know about all of you, but beginning the year is always a little different for me each year. I like to try new activities, but always have some “go-to’s” that I like to do. This year however is already VERY different. I am only seeing my kiddos for 2-3 days/week face-to-face, so …

Moments with Mushers: Camaraderie

  As educators we know that at the beginning of each year, it is critical to develop a good sense of community within our classrooms. Teamwork, integrity, and respect are all important qualities we want in each of our students. We make sure that every voice in our room is heard and valued. We encourage …

What To Expect…

  What to expect. That is kind of the big question at this point. Given the state of the world right now, things are going to look a little different this year, for all of us. The Summer Teacher Summit was done virtually in June, and the “passing of the torch” (or the Teacher on …

Sleeping Bag arrives in Ohio!

It’s Official!!! The Iditarod Teacher on The Trail™ sleeping bag has been passed! Check it out below!      

And So It Begins…

I can’t believe it is here… the journey that I have been thinking about for years is now coming to fruition.   Hello to everyone in Iditarod nation! I am extremely excited to begin this adventure as the 2021 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™. My name is Jim Deprez and I am a 3rd grade …

A Year to Remember

Tails from the Trail- Finish! It is hard to believe my year as the Teacher on the Trail™ is coming to an end.  This experience has been absolutely amazing, and without a doubt, a journey of a lifetime! I am grateful to everyone at the Iditarod EDU and our sponsors for this opportunity.  As I …

A Journey with the 8 Traits of the Iditarod

Tails from the Trail Looking for a way to incorporate the Iditarod into your classroom during distance learning? Check out this lesson that incorporates the 8 Traits of Iditarod into your student’s daily activities. The 8 Traits of Iditarod are a great way to include the Iditarod in your character education program.  The 8 Traits of …

Iditarod Scavenger Hunt

Tails from the Trail As Kaci Murringer entered the chute in Nome on March 22nd, the 2020 Iditarod officially ended.  The Widow’s Lamp was extinguished and the Red Lantern, a symbol of perseverance, was awarded to Kaci. She persevered through rough weather, extreme cold, and across 1,000 miles of some of the most amazing scenery.   …

An Amazing Journey Comes to an End

Tails from the Trail- Homeward Bound   Snow, blizzard conditions, -40 to 34-degree temperatures, COVID19, checkpoints being moved, and so much more. One thing for sure is that this has truly been an Iditarod to remember!  It has been a race of change and resilience.    When the rest of the sports world was shutting …