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Latest Teacher on the Trail Posts

Staying in Shape

    We all know that sled dogs stay in shape during the snowy, winter months when training for long distance runs.  But what happens now, in Alaska’s summer?  And yes, there is summer in America’s northernmost state.   Summer exercise varies.  Some mushers work with their dogs guiding tourists on glaciers.  Others give trail rides to …

Washington D.C. and the Iditarod

Flying home over Washington, D.C., from Iditarod Summer Teacher Camp, I spotted familiar landmarks: the Washington Monument obelisk rising high into the sky, the five sided Pentagon, the Jefferson Monument, and more. This busy city with huge buildings seems a far cry from the wilds of Alaska. However, there are times the two worlds have …

Leave a Footprint

2012 Teacher on the Trail™, Blynne Froke, spoke to us of her adventures. She also shared an engaging lesson incorporating the Iditarod into reading, research, and art with an etching project. We thoroughly enjoyed trying our hand at etching sled dogs onto boards, but there was more to her presentation that hit me. At one …

Running For More

The annual volunteer and musher sign-up picnic has a festive atmosphere where even the most competitive opponents greet each other as comrades and catch up over grilled salmon, pork BBQ, and coleslaw.  We teachers were wide-eyed as we actually met the mushers our students have tracked in the Iditarod year after year.  What I especially enjoyed was …

Character Education

Alaska’s native people groups and the Iditarod share the distinction as teaching tools for character education.  “My mother told me, ‘when you get into the qasgi and someone starts to talk, turn to him and look at his mouth very carefully. If you do not look at his mouth while he is talking, you will never …

To Moose, or Not to Moose

Being surrounded by a passionate group of teachers during Iditarod Summer Teacher Camp this week has been a great time of professional development. As you can imagine, with this much creativity packed into one camp, humor and conversation abounds. We deviated a bit from correct grammar this week and created a new verb: moose, or …

Then and Now

One aspect of our Iditarod Summer Teacher Camp learning involves comparing and contrasting Iditarod races in the early days and current years. Several mushers have alluded to the changes. Last evening, we visited the home and studio of artists Jon and Jona VanZyle. Jon spoke with us and told about some of the developments he’s …

Flying For the Iditarod

The Iditarod Air Force is an integral part of the race. From 26 to 29 volunteer pilots use their own time and planes to fly in supplies to the checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail. Two weeks before the race, these brave aviators begin taking in the mushers’ drop bags of supplies and straw. While the …

All About the Dogs

Roll call at Iditarod Summer Teacher Camp begins with breakfast and then out to the dog yard for chores and puppy walks. Chores include helping the mushers and handlers refill water pans, love the dogs, and maintain cleanliness in the area, or in the camp vernacular, scoop poop. The physical and mental health of the …

Land of the Midnight Sun

What is a 5th grade teacher from Virginia doing in Alaska 15 hours after waving goodbye to her sweet students on the last day of school? I’m here to represent and inspire teachers all over the world, beginning my 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ adventure! It will be an honor to have you join …