Komsomoltskaya Pravda has recently reported on the introduction of chess as a subject in all Russian primary schools. Children from Grade 1 through 4 will have a weekly chess lesson. We have tried to verify what is actually the case. Russia’s Minister of Education and Science, Olga Vassilyeva, had previously announced …
The ECU School Chess Teacher Training course provides a certificate recognising that the participants have met the required level of chess knowledge and understanding of didactical methods for teaching chess in schools. The course deploys chess as a vehicle to teach thinking skills such as problem solving and logical analysis. The course is suitable for teachers of pupils from age 8 upwards. The training course has been held throughout Europe.
Who should attend: Teachers, teaching assistants, school chess tutors
Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of chess
Duration: Two days Participants: 12-24
Content: Didactical methods for chess in the classroom: SMART® playing method, questioning techniques, structured thinking, code of conduct, arranging tournaments, mini-games, social formats, problem solving, planning.
Credentials The course draws upon decades of experience by European chess teaching pedagogues who have trained thousands of teachers across Europe. The approach has been validated by ECU Academic Advisory Board comprising leading international professors.
Trainers: Professional trainers have been licensed to run the course.
Course Test: Online multiple-choice test taken at the end of the course.
Certificate: Numbered Certificates endorsed by the European Chess Union
There are several reasons for adopting chess and mathematics exercises. Many mathematics problems can be presented on the chessboard. This suits many children who feel comfortable working with chess themes. As with all game-based learning, games, even mathematical games are fun. The major advantage for teachers is that very little chess knowledge is required – actually you don’t have to know anything about chess except how the pieces move. Ultimately the purpose of the course is to provide attendees with instructive, classic, fun problems that children enjoy.
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 …