Teacher's Journal

Using the Engineering Design Process: Solar Cookers & Coolers

STEM education has become an essential element of the 21st century school and society. While STEM focuses on four significant subjects- science, technology, engineering and math- the skills that are learned through STEM instruction can be applied toward many other facets of life.  It is essential that teachers integrate valuable and enriching learning experiences for …

Mush On To Your Dreams This New Year

Are you also finding it hard to believe that the new year is upon us? It seems like it was just the other day that I was welcoming my students to their final year of middle school.  For many people, a new year brings with it a new and fresh beginning- one that is hopefully …

Making Memes: Iditarod Style

Are you in need of an engaging and fun lesson that your students will love? Would you like to integrate technology into a lesson in a unique way? Do you have blank wall space and are in need of some classroom decor? Use this lesson with your students that will challenge them to create original …

More on Musher Cindy Abbott

At first glance, Cindy Abbot may appear to be only a musher (which is remarkable in and of itself). However, this dedicated wife, mother and two-time Iditarod finisher is a world-traveler, extreme scuba diver, former college professor, author, advocate who raises awareness for rare diseases, and a mountain climber! Cindy has summited Mt. Everest which makes her …

Parts of Speech and the Iditarod

I can insure you that a students do writing good and communicate good. Did I just get your attention? I hope so because that first sentence does not make any cents (I couldn’t resist). The need to communicate clearly and effectively is essential. Unfortunately, it is evident that nowadays many students lack an understanding of the parts …

More on Musher Kristy Berington

  Kristy Berington is currently getting ready to run her 10th Iditarod! Most Iditarod and mushing fans know that Kristy has an identical twin sister, Anna, who also is a musher. Kristy also happens to be married to Andy Pohl, who finished his first Iditarod in 2018. Together, Andy, Anna and Kristy run Seeing Double …

STEM and Sled Design

When I find myself in conversation with students and teachers about the Iditarod, I typically get asked the same questions: How long is the race? How long does it take a musher to complete the race? What do the dogs eat? How cold does it get? Is it always dark in Alaska? What are the rules? …

Figurative Language and the Iditarod!

 “You’re never the same, after you run the Iditarod, and I still lust to go out and run with dogs, even though that I know I shouldn’t. But I’d give just about anything to be able to do it again. To see the horizon again from the back of a dog team would be wonderful.” …

Comparing Percentages of Iditarod Finishers

This year’s Iditarod will mark the 47th running of The Last Great Race©! It is amazing to think about how the race has evolved since its start in 1973. When Joe Redington Sr. envisioned a long-distance sled dog race, he wanted to preserve the history of Alaskan huskies, sled dogs, and the sled dog culture. There …

American Sign Language Fingerspelling Meets Iditarod Vocabulary

As teachers, we are consistently challenged with meeting the needs of all our students. While we routinely refine our teaching practices and learn about our students, one thing which teachers universally recognize is the notion that everyone learns differently. One of the most rewarding things is witnessing students overcome challenges, especially those who may have …