During Writer's Workshop this morning my students were focused like never before. Here is an exact quote from one of my reluctant writers while we were on the playground, "Ms. Wold can we go back inside. I want to write some more, " Not only did he write a terrific piece on being a musher, but for the first time he was able to read everything he wrote. He navigated the Alaska word wall to spell words and demonstrated that he'd been listening to the volume of fiction and non-fiction Alaska books we've been sharing. Being immersed in a topic creates a greater understanding of the material....I am sold on it. The Iditarod is a natural fit for students. Children love animals and adventure and The Iditarod brings both to life in a unique way. We've started something here and I hope it continues for many years. When my students come in singing "The Iditarod Trail" song Mr. Towne taught them and beg me to turn on the GPS tracker and read another dog story I know we've hit on some magic. A giant thank you to all who made this experience happen.