The Adventure of a lifetime!

I am off to Alaska!  One of my wonderful former students, Vince Babashak, nominated me for an REB Award for Teaching Excellence  and I won!  I am off to Anchorage, Alaska for the 2012 Iditarod Winter Conference for Educators.  What an incredible opportunity – I’ve incorporated a technology-rich Iditarod unit in my curriculum for years as it lends itself easily to real-world, problem solving activities that thoroughly engage students.  Students select a musher to follow in the race; since all mushers now carry GPS systems, we are able to track musher progress live during the race.  Students research their mushers on the Internet and create online portfolios to showcase what they learn during the race.  They blog as if they are their mushers, integrating what is really happening on the trail with their blogs.  They also create a video about their musher, complete an independent project and then tie it all together in a VoiceThread.  You can read more about the unit here!

Attending the Winter Iditarod Educator’s Conference will provide an opportunity to meet with other educators who integrate the Iditarod into their curriculum and to learn from STEM experts how to develop problem-based lessons that will engage my students.  I’m also going to volunteer at the Ceremonial start on Saturday and at the Official Re-start on Sunday, and then travel to Talkeetna and fly out to the Rainy Pass checkpoint!  I’ll be updating this blog so my students and others can follow along on this adventure of a lifetime!


About merryfwilliams

High school math teacher and mom of 3 amazing kids. I have a high maintenance husky and am adding a knitting obsession to the juggling routine. @merryfwilliams on Twitter
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11 Responses to The Adventure of a lifetime!

  1. Karen Satchell says:

    yes, it is wonderful. You look so cute. The students here are so excited for you. We will be following you. Thanks for the lesson plan.

  2. David Anderson says:

    Adventure on girl and keep the feet warm.

  3. Paulette Markham says:

    Love the pictures and all your information. Hope you are having a great day!!!!

  4. Renee' Thurston says:

    ENJOY!…..We will be checking your blog for pictures and details on how your trip is going. Be safe and stay warm, well as warm as you can LOL

  5. Laua Zyglocke says:

    Can’t wait to hear more – sorry to hear your outpost trip was cancelled! How is the celebration in Anchorage?

  6. Sharon Garber says:

    Way to go, Mary! Please bring snow back with you:)

  7. Laua Zyglocke says:

    Love the sled dog video – what fun!! Next time, go for the sausage – live up every second!! 🙂

  8. David Ellena says:

    Mary, so happy for you! If you happen to visit Polaris K-12 school, ask for hte Principal, Denise Greene-Wilkinson. She is a close dear friend of mine who will show you the town!!! Enjoy!!!

  9. Laua Zyglocke says:

    So jealous – everything just sounds wonderful! Looking forward to more stories!

  10. Paulette Markham says:


    What an incredible trip. Loved riding on the ferris wheel with you! We have a snow day today. Looks like you were successful in sending some our way. I plan to follow the race while I’m home!

  11. Paulette Markham says:

    Incredible posting today! Beautiful pictures!

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