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School Chess Teacher Training
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 best educational outcomes. The ECU...
Summer School on Teaching Chess
What is research telling us about the benefits of chess and the best ways of teaching it? How can chess help to improve learning motivation and develop a growth mindset in your students? How can...
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 for Teaching Chess
The SMART Method ® for teaching chess has been developed to get the greatest educational benefit from chess lessons. In this video, Jesper Hall explains...
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The fifth London Chess Conference
The fifth London Chess Conference brought together 80 people from 23 countries at the Hilton London Olympia on 2-3rd December 2017. The theme of the...
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ECU Chess Teacher Training Course – London
ChessPlus held a training course in London for people who teach chess in schools on the middle weekend of October 2017. This was the first...
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The best teachers of chess are teachers
For the majority of children, classroom chess led by a teacher is the recommended method of instruction in schools. If resources permit, then chess as...
Read More "The best teachers of chess are teachers"
The Chess Game against Alzheimers
Chess with its black-and-white chequered board and 32 pieces will soon be the only thing that the 94-year-old war veteran Vilho Lifländer can remember from...
Read More "The Chess Game against Alzheimers"

Summer School on Teaching Chess

What is research telling us about the benefits of chess and the best ways of teaching it? How can chess help to improve learning motivation and develop a growth mindset in your students? How can you apply mini games, chess variants and puzzles to promote mathematical, logical and metacognitive skills? These are core themes of the Summer School “Chess in Primary Education“ to be held on 2-6 July 2018 at the University Girona in Spain.

The first ever international post-graduate course on school chess is part of the CHAMPS Erasmus plus project that was launched during the London Chess Conference in December 2017. The Summer School will bring together teachers and teacher trainers from across Europe for an intensive week of advanced professional development under the lead of Professors Fernand Gobet (Cognitive Psychology), Barry Hymer (Educational Psychology) and Jorge Nuno Silva (Mathematics and Games). Methods and materials developed in the CHAMPS are part of the course. John Foley and Stefan Löffler will also be presenting along with experts from the Chess Laboratory at the University of Girona.

Summer school attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance and can additionally get 3 ECTS if they write a report based upon Action Research in their classroom.

Applicants should have experience of teaching chess in schools and be qualified school teachers or have a relevant degree. We encourage applications by those who train teachers for teaching chess, develop school chess materials, evaluate school chess projects or plan to do research in the field.

The course fee of €300 includes course materials and refreshments. Full waivers are available for ten applicants from low-income countries covered under ErasmusPlus. Applicants must send a CV and a Letter stating your motivating in attending. Those who want to apply for a fee waiver must supply a proof of current income. Applications close on 10 June 2018. (€350 for late registrants).

The reduced course fee of €300 is available until 5 May 2018 . It includes course materials and refreshments. Thanks to a grant from the ECU, ten applicants can participate without paying the course fee subject to a means test.

Girona is known for its beautiful old town and excellent restaurants. Girona is half an hour drive from the Costa Brava and an hour to Barcelona. Accomodation is available in a modern student house with personal bathroom, kitchenette. Accommodation costs €27 single and €19 double per person per night. Places are limited.

Registration Girona Summer School Summer School Website

Queries  summerschool@chessplus.net

CHAMPS Project: www.champs.games

 

 

 

 

 

: http://www.fundacioudg.org/ca/chess-summer-school.html

 

The SMART Method for Teaching Chess
The SMART Method ® for teaching chess has been developed to get the greatest educational benefit from chess lessons. In this video, Jesper Hall explains...
Read More "The SMART Method for Teaching Chess"
The fifth London Chess Conference
The fifth London Chess Conference brought together 80 people from 23 countries at the Hilton London Olympia on 2-3rd December 2017. The theme of the...
Read More "The fifth London Chess Conference"
ECU Chess Teacher Training Course – London
ChessPlus held a training course in London for people who teach chess in schools on the middle weekend of October 2017. This was the first...
Read More "ECU Chess Teacher Training Course – London"
The best teachers of chess are teachers
For the majority of children, classroom chess led by a teacher is the recommended method of instruction in schools. If resources permit, then chess as...
Read More "The best teachers of chess are teachers"
The Chess Game against Alzheimers
Chess with its black-and-white chequered board and 32 pieces will soon be the only thing that the 94-year-old war veteran Vilho Lifländer can remember from...
Read More "The Chess Game against Alzheimers"
History of Games in Education – Jorge Nuno Silva
Nothing that is learned under compulsion stays with the mind. . . . Do not, then, my friend, keep children to their studies by compulsion...
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Mindsets – Barry Hymer
“What we make of the future is defined not only by our past but by how well we understand and make use of that past....
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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

 

 

ECU Chess Teacher Training Course – London

ChessPlus held a training course in London for people who teach chess in schools on the middle weekend of October 2017. This was the first time this new course on chess didactics was run in the UK. The course was developed by the Education Commission of the European Chess Union …

Mindsets – Barry Hymer

“What we make of the future is defined not only by our past but by how well we understand and make use of that past. Our pasts create a map not only of where we come from, but of where we are going. But the most wondrous thing about this map is that it is not engraved in stone. With insight and effort we can shape it to our will.”

(Kasparov, How Life Imitates Chess)

Brief Overview of the Seminar by Daniela Trinks

About 40 teachers from 15 countries gathered for the ‘Seminar on Didactics of Strategic Games’ at Cambridge University, sharing their expertise on teaching Go, chess and other games at schools. A variety of relevant topics were covered such as learning psychology, teaching methods & materials, business models of educational programs, …

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