My students recommended that I read the Hunger Games. I was reluctant, due to the fact that children are pitted against each other for survival. The student’s enthusiasm convinced me to try reading the book. I WAS HOOKED!

What did you think of the book? Why?


Dallas Seavey Winner of the Iditarod 2012

Aliy Zirkle Second

Now that you have “experienced” the 2012 Iditarod, please make an entry.

Your entry may include thoughts about the race, your musher, a incident on the trail, a story about the race. Take time to reflect BEFORE you write.


Ms. B

Iditarod Motivation




Motivational Commercials, John Baker 2011 Record-Breaker


Motivational Messages

Television ads with Baker’s messages about perseverance, leadership and community support were broadcast across Alaska. John suggests, “Too often we see ourselves as victims and the easiest thing to do is give up.” He hopes his story will inspire people to Dream Try Win.

What do you think of these commercials? Which of the three messages did you like best, and why?

Abraham Lincoln’s World Famous Letter to his Son’s Teacher

Greetings My Amazing Wonderful Students!

Below you will find a letter written by Abraham Lincoln to his son’s teacher. There are many wise bits of wisdom. I would like you to read the letter and make some comments. What do you think about the complete letter? Was there a specific section that you found to be true for you? Do you disagree with any quotes or sections?

Dear respected Teacher,
He will have to learn, I know,
that all men are not just,
all men are not true.
But teach him also that
for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician,
there is a dedicated leader…
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,

Steer him away from envy,
if you can,
teach him the secret of
quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that
the bullies are the easiest to lick…
Teach him, if you can,
the wonder of books…
But also give him quiet time
to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky,
bees in the sun,
and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him
it is far honourable to fail
than to cheat…
Teach him to have faith
in his own ideas,
even if everyone tells him
they are wrong…
Teach him to be gentle
with gentle people,
and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son
the strength not to follow the crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagon…
Teach him to listen to all men…
but teach him also to filter
all he hears on a screen of truth,
and take only the good
that comes through.

Teach him if you can,
how to laugh when he is sad…
Teach him there is no shame in tears,
Teach him to scoff at cynics
and to beware of too much sweetness…
Teach him to sell his brawn
and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag
on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears
to a howling mob
and to stand and fight
if he thinks he’s right.
Treat him gently,
but do not cuddle him,
because only the test
of fire makes fine steel.

Let him have the courage
to be impatient…
let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always
to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have
sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order,
but see what you can do…
He is such a fine little fellow,
my son!


What place does gratitude have in our lives?

gratitude |ˈgratəˌt(y)oōd| – noun

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and toreturn kindness : she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support.

Take a moment to watch this video and tell me what you think…

Ms. B


What do you do when you are faced with a challenge? What do you when you get stuck?

Sometimes I feel sorry for myself when I get stuck or I hit a challenge. It is SO good for me to think outside of myself. I look at how other people have overcome their challenges.

Below is a link to an inspirational story. It was shared with me by a friend who became paralyzed when his car was hit by a drunk driver. He is now learning to ski. THAT is inspirational to me.

Ms. B