2011 Iditarod Winter Conference for Educators
The conference tries to help teachers use the race as a learning tool to make lessons more interesting to school kids.
The last great race on earth is pitching into the cause of education nationwide this week.
Tuesday teachers from all over the United States arrived in Anchorage for the start of the 2011 Iditarod Winter Conference for Educators. The conference tries to help teachers use the race as a learning tool to make lessons more interesting to school kids.
Attendees will also listen to presentations by the 2011 finalists for Target’s Iditarod Teacher on the Trail who are vying to bring the last great race into their classroom expanding not only their world but also their minds.
“We take the curriculum standards for Florida, The Sunshine State standards…we put them into the desired lessons for the Iditarod and it’s not the traditional textbook, workbook, pencil, paper routine…it’s creative, it’s engaging, it’s helping the kids understand that’s there’s more to being in school than just a textbook, that there’s a bigger world out there,” said teacher finalist Dawn Owens.
This year’s Target Teacher on the Trail is Martha Dobson from North Carolina.