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.
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Chess and Math Series ~ Using Chess to Practice Basic Counting and Graph Theory

MATCH Chess Curriculum Chess Math Series

Teachers often ask how they can use chess in their classrooms to address subject matter objectives in an engaging manner.  Likewise, schools and parents report similar goals for involving their kids in a chess program. Specifically, they hope that playing chess will improve academic performance and develop important cognitive skills. The challenge then, is how to do it in a way that is fun for kids and effective.

Activities that integrate subject matter content into chess lessons are a great way to address these goals. The hands-on, competitive nature of the game increases engagement by providing immediate relevance and feedback. At the same time, the subject integration increases the assimilation of academic learning by the kids. Continue reading “Chess and Math Series ~ Using Chess to Practice Basic Counting and Graph Theory”

Using Music in the Chess Classroom

Why music?  These days, kids seem to be always plugged in to something…music, video games, computers.  When permitted, many will listen to music while studying or playing chess.   The adults in their lives often debate with them about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of listening to music while trying to concentrate. Researchers have found mixed results when looking at characteristics of music (number of beats per minute, for example) that impact people in specific ways.  It seems that music may be able to help improve focus, problem solving, stress levelcreativity, behavior, and energy level.  Since students are better able to learn and remember when they are in a positive emotional state, music may offer an additional benefit as a tool to influence mood.

Music Experiments in Chess Class?

How to listen:  While scientists continue to examine the issue, you can help students make academic connections by conducting experiments  Continue reading “Using Music in the Chess Classroom”

Chess & Literature Connection: Alex and The Wednesday Chess Club

Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club
by Janet Wong, Illustrated by Stacey Schuett.

Elementary Level Chess Literature
Elementary Level Chess Literature

This story is about a boy who loves chess, has a set back and then returns with more confidence.  It talks about scholastic tournaments as well as the importance of practice.  The story is a bit formulaic, but it works. Several important themes provide good fodder for discussion, e.g., friends supporting each other, persistence, dealing with negative people. It also features a chess board made out of common foods which would make a great Continue reading “Chess & Literature Connection: Alex and The Wednesday Chess Club”