Tips and Tools

Iditarod Citizenship!

Hi, Teachers! I was an athlete!  I belonged to a sports team….the sport of dog mushing which is the Alaskan state sport. Being an athlete requires stamina, determination and the ability to work together with others on a team.  My team just happened to be other dogs. On other sports’ teams everyone has their own …

Governmentally Iditarod!

Dear Teachers, The kennel is my safe haven and home.  I have come to be relaxed here as a retired sled dog…but I remember back when I was young.  I played, ran, howled, was very curious and investigated everything. Sometimes I found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Recently the kennel kids …

Economically Iditarod!

Hi, Teachers!  Movie watching has been a relaxing activity at the main house of the kennel, and I recently overheard the following line from one of the movies.  ”Give me the money!”  Money is a frequent topic of conversation as mushers and their families plan for entering and running in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  …

Culturally Iditarod!

Dear Teachers, A recent article in our local newspaper highlighted Alaskan, Ida Ross.  She is 82 years old and from the Fairbanks area but originally came from Kobuk and Kotzebue.  The article shared her life as a youngster growing up in the native culture of Alaska.  Presently, she teaches students at the Fairbanks North Star …

Historically Iditarod!

Howdy, Teachers! So much has been going on in the world lately….so hard to keep up with it all! While resting the other day outside my kennel, I had the time to reflect on my accomplishments as a sled dog, my family, kennels, friends, etc. What will they remember about me in years to come? …

Get Ready for the 2018 Iditarod!

We’re gearing up for the 2018 Race. No matter if you’ve been following the race with your students in past years or if this is your first year using the race as a teaching tool, you can start by looking back at the 2017 Race by reviewing the 2017 Iditarod Race Guide  

Geographically Iditarod!

  Howdy Teachers! The summer was sure a busy one here at the kennels…new things were built, repairs made, and best of all, new puppies!  It is exciting to watch the little ones as they acclimate to their new surroundings, sounds, and people who will be their lifeline as they mature. It made me think …

Iditarod Teacher Summer Camp Set to Begin

TODAY:  JUNE 17 — marks the start of summer camp for teachers.  That’s right, summer camp isn’t just for kids, it’s for Iditarod teachers, too!  Iditarod’s summer camp is the perfect experiential event to help teachers gain knowledge about Iditarod, dog mushing, the amazing athletes — We’re talking about dogs!   AND of course, the mushers.  …

Finalists for 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Educators Kim Busch, Tamara Drudy, and Heidi Sloan participated in the selection process for 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  This process began in December when Kim, Tammy, and Heidi were named finalists for the 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  At that time, Kim, Tammy, and Heidi began preparing for a week’s stay in …

Designing Commemorative Beads

Greetings, Teachers! Hard to believe the race to Nome is over! However, many people, including children, are on their own “race” to surviving hardships, life career changes, and most of all, overcoming medical conditions. This year some mushers, veterinarians, as well as the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™️ , Annie Kelley, carried “Beads of …