Teacher's Journal

Voices of the Volunteers: Preview (Part 2)

  Susan Smith is not only a long-time Iditarod volunteer, but she is also a former Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ finalist. She is a resident of the small Alaskan town of Takotna, and serves as both the principal and elementary teacher at the Takotna Community School. During her years as a volunteer she has …

Voices of the Volunteers: Preview (Part 1)

  Volunteers are absolutely vital to the success of Iditarod, and also part of what makes it so special. The race, simply put, would not be able to function without them. Because of this, I will be turning the spotlight on some of these unsung heroes of the Last Great Race. Beginning next school year, …

Iditarod with Text Features and Structures

Paws Along the Trail with Creating Iditarod Booklets If your class followed the Iditarod, you will be surprised at what your students remember even at this time of the year.  As we review for the reading standardized state test, I am still using the Iditarod to motivate and engage my students. A difficult concept is …

Classroom Connections: Virtual Field Trips – Virtual Lesson Possibility

  As educators, there are plenty of things that have been difficult when it comes to teaching during a pandemic. However, I have also been able to find some silver linings. Due to the fact that I live and teach thousands of miles away from the site of the Iditarod, I have set up several …

Junior Iditarod Week: The Future Is Bright

  A huge congratulations to all of this year’s Junior Iditarod competitors. The future of mushing is bright, and today, these 10 juniors are the stars.   The first to cross the finish line (unofficially) with all 10 dogs was Morgan Martens, who hails from Wisconsin. He ran some of Ryan Redington’s dogs and said …

Junior Iditarod Week – Race Day: Let’s Get Moving!

  Apparently the junior mushers were not the only ones ready to get moving; Mother Nature was too. At 9:59 (AKST), 1 minute before the start of the race a magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska. According to the Alaska Earthquake center, it was an aftershock of the 7.1 earthquake that hit the area on …

Junior Iditarod Week – The Day Before; Vet Checks, Meetings and Gear

  Today is a big day for the junior racers! Vet checks begin this morning at 8am and go until noon, and then the mandatory musher meeting at 5:00 via ZOOM. Busy day before they head out tomorrow morning! Vet checks run the same way as Iditarod; each dog is carefully examined by a volunteer …

Junior Iditarod Week – The Roots of the Race

  Junior Iditarod week is upon us! The Junior Iditarod is a great event that has helped pave the way for many mushers to go on and compete in the Last Great Race. It is a place to see the up and coming mushers and is a great sneak peek into the future of the …

Junior Iditarod Week – Classroom Integration and Practice

  It’s time to start gearing up for the big race on the 6th, and practice using some of the tools that are available! A great way to practice with your students is through the Junior Iditarod race THIS WEEKEND. The Junior Iditarod has a website set-up that closely mirrors the Iditarod website www.jriditarod.com. The …

Moments with Mushers: Training the Team

  “Training”, as I have learned, begins with relationships. This month, mushers are running some shorter races and working with their teams to ensure they are ready to go by the time Iditarod rolls around in a mere few weeks. From the mushers I spoke with, all of them attested to the fact that the …