It gave me new chess mini games and non-chess mini games to use with children. It also helped me to try new things and to realise that some games were more fun than I had expected. It reminded me that my chess teaching is quite traditional and maybe I need to employ new technology more (whiteboards etc). It was also good for networking to meet other chess teachers and to find out what strategies and methods they use. In short, I came for the mini games and left with much more! Many thanks.Simon Berry (UK)
Why Strategy Games?
Simple strategy games played on the chessboard offer a range of cognitive, social and emotional benefits, while also providing a fun, engaging and educational activity to enjoy with others. They have always been a great way to exercise the mind and improve critical thinking skills through analysing different scenarios and choosing the best possible move to achieve victory.
The objective of this course is to encourage educators to expand their teaching repertoire through the playing of various strategy games. These games help pupils to discover for themselves some of the patterns and logic required to play a game. Development is achieved through cognitive stimulation through play, problems and exercises. Pupils obtain a deeper understanding by exploring the underlying concepts in gameplay.
We use Logiqboard to demonstrate these games and puzzles in the classroom or teaching online.
What will you learn in the training course?
This interactive one-day course shows how different strategy games can be used in conjunction with teaching chess by keeping the children motivated and providing a wider variety of games. We introduce several games playable on a chessboard. It`s a variety of chess mini-games, chess variants, chessy math & logic puzzles, and other strategy games. We use these games to lay the groundwork for chess which can be difficult for several children at the beginning of their learning chess journey. They might lose interest, they might give up early, and they might think they are not clever enough to learn chess. We don`t want that. Instead, we want them to enjoy “chess class” and feel successful from the very first lesson. Our aim is to emphasize the educational benefits of these games and demonstrate how we can achieve a range of learning outcomes with careful planning.
What are the benefits for educators taking this training course?
- Improved teaching skills: The course will improve your teaching skills by providing you with new teaching methods and techniques to make teaching and learning enjoyable.
- Enhanced game knowledge: The course will provide you with a deeper understanding of the educational benefits of simple strategy games. This will enable you to provide more insightful and comprehensive lessons to your students and set clear teaching objectives.
- Increased student engagement: You can make your lessons more engaging and interesting for your students by having a variety of these games. This will increase your student’s interest and encourage them to learn and play more.
- Improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills: By introducing simple strategy games to your students you can help them develop valuable skills which can be transferred to other areas of life.
- Personal and professional growth and development: You will learn new skills, challenge yourself, and gain a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from completing the course.
What will you get?
The course will introduce several of these games all playable on a chessboard and a compendium of 36 games will be made available to attendees, and a certificate of attendance will be provided too.