CHUGIAK CAFE: BEST BREAKFAST (AND COFFEE) IN ALASKA

Chugiak Cafe is known for its biscuits and sausage gravy, small batch coffee, roasted twice a week in an authentic 1910 coffee roaster purchased from the grandson of the first Hawaiian coffee roaster, and Trig’s authentic collection of antiques from all around the Lower 48.  It’s also the best Saturday chore procrastination spot!

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HOW ONE MUSIC TEACHER FOUND HIS SOUL SATISFYING SIDE HUSTLE: AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. SAMUEL STOKES

Dr. Samuel Stokes is a public school music teacher.  He teaches piano, percussion, voice, and guitar to students ranging from 2nd to 12th grade.  But that’s not all. He’s also a successful composer, playwright, and pianist where he has used his talents to contribute to podcasts, music videos, animated shorts, an LP record, a national TV commercial, and most recently, a new, original one-act musical, Ebenezer, which features a blend of hip-hop and traditional Christmas carols and is based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

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6 WAYS TRAVEL HELPS MAKE YOU A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER TEACHER: OUT OF THE DUST AND INTO THE WILD PART III

What happened next, you are asking? In this final installment of our journey, I want to share with you our trip through Canada and into Alaska (as we truly drove right out of the dust and into some very wild country) and 6 specific ways this trip made me a healthier, happier teacher and more importantly, how travel can help make YOU a healthier, happier teacher.

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HOW TRAVEL CAN INSPIRE YOUR TEACHING: OUT OF THE DUST AND INTO THE WILD PART II

As we drove through the desert with a dog named Bella, I tried to imagine doing this journey in a covered wagon or as a cowboy on horseback rounding up the cattle and moving them across the desert.  While this seems a romantic notion, the truth is, we have the luxury of a motorized, modern-day vehicle and everything we own is covered in dirt and dog hair.

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HOW ONE TEACHER EMBARKED ON AN EPIC ROAD TRIP IN SEARCH OF AUTHENTIC CLASSROOM RESOURCES: OUT OF THE DUST AND INTO THE WILD: PART I

The drive was hot, but beautiful!  We wound our way through the rocky, dusty Oklahoma back roads to find a hidden gem, Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast, a working cattle ranch with the highest point in Oklahoma, the Black Mesa at 4,973 feet, standing guard over the outcroppings of the 1910 ranch house and separate bunkhouses on the property. 

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SOMETIMES YOU JUST KNOW WHAT YOUR SOUL SATISFYING SIDE HUSTLE IS ALL ALONG: AN INTERVIEW WITH TEACHER-ARTIST MARY LOUISE PORTER

Every day after the kids were picked up at noon, I would wander into Mary Louise’s room and marvel at the work her young students were creating. They were making block prints out of potatoes and fish and sponges and all sorts of other fun, icky things the kids loved touching.

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HOW TO USE ALASKAN SLED DOG RACING TO ENGAGE YOUR STUDENTS IN LEARNING: INTERVIEWS FROM IDITAROD 2018

My interest in the Iditarod started about eight years ago when I had a group of 6th grade ELA students who loved Gary Paulsen’s, Hatchet, so much that they wanted to learn everything they could about him.  When they learned that Gary Paulsen's love of dogs inspired him to move to Alaska, learn the Alaskan sport of dog mushing, and enter the Iditarod, twice, they decided they needed to know more about this “cool” sport!

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