Teacher's Journal

Teamwork, Collaboration, and Creativity

Teamwork, Collaboration, and Creativity!  The day started with Vern Halter, teaching us how to harness and bootie the dogs and having a harnessing and bootie competition.  It was a lot of fun and made me reflect upon the mushers on the trail.  How many times and how fast they must have to change booties on …

Running with the dogs

I can’t think of a better way to start a day than a run with the dogs!    After an exciting run, the day continued with many great presentations and activities.  Cindy Abbott shared her experiences leading up to and climbing Mt. Everest, “10 feet at a time”.  Listening to her story was truly inspiring! …

The Beginning

Summer Camp 2019 has begun, and it is going to be an exciting week. It is inspiring to be surrounded by so many great educators from around the country, that all share the same passion for the Iditarod. Creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and a whole lot of fun is the name of the game this …

A Chapter’s End

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta As the 2019 Iditarod Summer Camp for Educators is about to begin, my role as the Teacher on the Trail™ is coming to an end. My experience on the trail and teaching with the Iditarod has been amazing and extraordinary! …

5 Lessons and Ideas to Kick Off Your Iditarod Unit

Every year, the Iditarod captivates students on a national and international scale. And, thinking about the many ways that the Iditarod can be integrated into the classroom, it is not surprising that students love learning about The Last Great Race®. More often than not, students are immediately hooked due to their love of dogs and …

Telling Time on the Trail

If you’ve ever looked at the race standings or race archives, I’m sure you quickly noticed that the Iditarod uses Military Time. Whereas many people typically use a 12-hour standard time system in which “a.m.” and “p.m.” differentiate the morning from afternoon/evening, Military Time is based on a 24-hour recording system. One of the primary …

One For the Books

It is bittersweet to say that it is time to go home and I’ll soon be “Shipping Up to Boston” (a Dropkick Murphys reference). My time and experience in Alaska has been unreal! I have already been asked the question many times: What was your favorite part of the trip? I believe I’ve given a …

The Backbone of the Iditarod

This evening, many of the Iditarod volunteers gathered together and enjoyed a potluck-style dinner to celebrate another successful race year. Volunteers- comms, logistics, IAF pilots, veterinarians, trail guards, dog handlers, teachers, and more- sat and shared trail-tales that made you laugh, smile, and wish to be back on the trail.  Pete Kaiser, 2019 Iditarod Champion, …

The Countdown Begins

With the 2019 Iditarod being officially over, the countdown to the 2020 Iditarod has already begun. You’ll notice the countdown timer on the Iditarod homepage is currently leading us to the start of next year’s race. If you’re looking for a fun and artistic activity, have your students design their own personalized 2020 Iditarod-themed calendar. …

The Red Lantern Award

At 1:51 this afternoon, Victoria Hardwick crossed the finish line in Nome, AK, and earned herself the honorable Red Lantern Award. The Red Lantern is given to the last musher who crosses the finish line and completes the Iditarod. Victoria, an Iditarod rookie, was the 39th musher to successfully travel the approximate 1,000 mile southern …