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.

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