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School Chess Teacher Training
Course Prospectus Download Course Prospectus (hi-res) Chess is an effective way to develop children's thinking skills. The ECU School Chess Teacher Training Course focuses on the skills and knowledge teachers need in order to achieve...
The SMART® Method
SMART is a learning method recommended for games which has been developed by ChessPlus based upon decades of experience gained by the leading chess trainers across Europe. The approach has been endorsed by the academic advisory panel to the Education Commission of the European Chess Union. It is within the range of didactic techniques known as Active Learning in which the emphasis is on children discovering game insights for themselves in a supervised option-rich environment.
Chess and Mathematics
CHAMPS (CHess And Mathematics in Primary Schools) is an international project to develop educational materials for the teaching of mathematics through chess. The project is supported by the European Union educational programme Erasmus Plus. It is a...

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Children love games. Organised games have a positive effect on children’s learning. Games motivate them to become willing problem solvers and immerse themselves in logical thinking.

Research shows that chess improves school academic performance. The study from Denmark shows a positive impact on mathematics test scores.

We would like to bring chess into every school. We believe that for the majority of children, classroom chess led by a teacher is the recommended method of instruction. If resources permit, then chess as an optional extra-curricular activity would satisfy the need of those children who want to take chess to a higher level. Read more…

 

The SMART® Method

SMART is a learning method recommended for games which has been developed by ChessPlus based upon decades of experience gained by the leading chess trainers across Europe. The approach has been endorsed by the academic advisory panel to the Education Commission of the European Chess Union. It is within the range of didactic techniques known as Active Learning in which the emphasis is on children discovering game insights for themselves in a supervised option-rich environment.

In a nutshell, there are five elements to the SMART® approach:

S Self learning
M Motivation
A Adjustment of level
R Range of activities
T Technology
Self learning

To learn you have to try options for yourself. It does not matter how much a teacher talks and shows examples, if the pupil does not get the chance to play, try and solve tasks on their own, then the learning experience will be limited.

Motivation
Why play and develop your chess? This is the fundamental question that must be answered by the chess instructor in respect of each one of their pupils. The most important thing for a chess teacher is to motivate the children to learn and play chess.

Adjustment of level
If you want to develop the natural interest and enthusiasm of children you must adjust the tasks and exercises to stretch them to their limit. They should play others of a similar level in order to gain satisfaction from play.

Range of activities
To maintain their motivation for learning, and to avoid the possibility of boredom, there must be variety in all possible ways – how the lesson is presented, the activities undertaken and the types of interaction between the children.

Technology
New online learning tools have made it possible to customise learning to a personal level. On the other hand, it is important to focus on chess played with real pieces since the psychological impact is greater.

The ECU School Chess Teacher Training course reveals the SMART® Method through a structured series of exercises.

Chess and Mathematics

CHAMPS (CHess And Mathematics in Primary Schools) is an international project to develop educational materials for the teaching of mathematics through chess. The project is supported by the European Union educational programme Erasmus Plus. It is a Strategic Partnership between four European organisations: the Slovak Chess Federation (Slovakia), Chess in Schools and Communities (UK), Ludus (Portugal) and the University of Girona in Catalonia (Spain).

 

 

 
A Colloquium was held in Lisbon 17th-18th March 2018 on the subject of chess and mathematics. An example of the mathematical games discussed is Wythoff’s Game. On 16th March the national mathematical games competition was held in Torres Vedras.
John Foley interviewed Jorge Silva about the event.

CHAMPS Project Website

Chess in Primary Education Summer School: 2-6 July 2018 Girona, Spain

 

 

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