Top 10 MATCH Chess Curriculum Blog Posts of 2016

MATCH Chess Curriculum Top 2016 Posts

  1. Domination: Our top post in 2016 shares a skill building game that teaches students to see the board at a glance. This post includes video instruction by GM Maurice Ashley and ideas for making the game more challenging (hint: play the “mean way” and use a clock). If you like Domination, you might also like Quibs, a skill building game using queens and bishops.
  2. Managing Varied Skill Levels in the Chess Classroom: Our second most popular post highlights creative ideas for making a class engaging when you have students with varied skill levels in the same class. If this is an issue for some of your classes, you might also find our post on using learning stations helpful.
  3. Branding Tips for Chess Coaches: In this post, we shared our tips for coaches who want to assess and improve their business’ branding. As service providers, we often don’t think of ourselves or our company as a brand; however, whether we develop one with purpose or let it develop naturally, we do have one.
  4. Chess & Math: Using Chess to Practice Basic Counting and Graph Theory: One of the reasons many of us advocate for chess in schools is because we believe in its power to improve academic performance. In this post, we share an activity from the MATCH Chess Curriculum designed to improve math skills.
  5. Learn Chess with Pawn Mower Series: If you add up the visits, shares and likes for all five posts in this series, it would probably belong at the top of this list. Pawn Mower puzzles are a great way to teach how the pieces move. Each post in the series includes a pdf full of free puzzles to print and use in the classroom.  This method is particularly good for younger students who tend to have trouble remembering how the pieces move when they are taught all at once. By focusing on one piece at a time until mastery is attained, students experience less frustration as they learn the game.

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    MATCH Chess Curriculum Piece Movement Poster for Beginners
  6. Free Printable Posters for Chess Classes: These helpful posters for beginners were a big hit on Pinterest and Facebook.  If you are looking for reminders of the basics to liven up the walls of your classroom, check these posters out.
  7. De-escalating Confrontation in the Chess Classroom: Guest Blogger Jay Stallings shared his top tips for classroom management in this popular post. In addition to providing suggestions for managing conflicts, he provides lots of proactive strategies for preventing problems from developing in the first place.
  8. Differences in Teaching Chess in Academic Settings: In this post, we explore whether and how chess instruction should be adapted for academic settings. We would love to see research on this topic, but, in the meantime, we’d love to hear what you have tried and how it has worked.
  9. Teacher Shares Her Experiences with the MATCH Curriculum: One of our teachers shares her experiences teaching chess without having had much previous experience with chess.  If you are concerned that you or your coaches cannot teach chess if you aren’t a strong player, you will appreciate her perspective.
  10. The Benefits of Making Handmade Chess Sets with Chess Students: There are a lot of benefits to having students make their own chess sets. Get instructions in this post and learn more about why we think it is worth the extra effort (and a little mess).

If you enjoyed these posts and tips, click here to learn more about our curriculum which is full of activities, skill building games and tips for running a successful coaching program (whether or not you or your instructors know how to play chess).

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