Learn Chess with Pawn Mower ~ Printable Puzzles (Part 5, Summary)

If you have been following our series on learning chess with Pawn Mower, you now know how all of the pieces move.  If not, you can catch up by following these links to learn how the RookBishop Knight and Queen which explain more and links to free rook, bishop, and knight puzzles.


Learn to Play Chess with Pawn Mower Puzzles


Once you feel confident you’ve mastered how each piece moves, all you need to learn is a few additional rules to be able to play a full game.

The King: The king can move one square in any direction.  If your king is being threatened (check), you must solve that problem before you make another move.  The king is never captured.

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Learn Chess with Pawn Mower ~ Printable Puzzles (Part 4, Queen)

Learn Chess the Easy Way with Pawn Mower PuzzlesThis is Part 4 of a series on how to use Pawn Mower puzzles to learn/teach how to play chess.  Click here to see Part 1 here for Part 2 , here for part 3 which explain more and links to free rook, bishop, and knight puzzles.

The queen is a fun piece to learn, but the most challenging puzzles of all because the queen has the most options on each move.  Starting with a small number of pieces and gradually moving up as each new level is mastered, will keep students from getting too frustrated.

One of the advantages of this approach is that it can be completely individualized, keeping students in the sweet spot where Continue reading “Learn Chess with Pawn Mower ~ Printable Puzzles (Part 4, Queen)”

Learn Chess with Pawn Mower ~ Printable Puzzles (Part 2, Bishops)

Learn Chess the Easy Way with Pawn Mower Bishop MovesThis is Part 2 of a series on how to use Pawn Mower puzzles to learn/teach how to play chess.  Click here to see Part 1 which explains more and links to some free rook puzzles.

This method is particularly good for young children who can get overwhelmed by trying to learn the rules of the game when they are still trying to remember how the pieces move and capture.

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How important is “Grit” to Students’ Success

The topic of “grit” and whether or not it is more important than intelligence in predicting success is creating quite a stir in the media.  What is it and what’s the debate about?  Here are a few introductory articles to get you started on the topic.

1. TED Talk about “Grit” by psychologist Angela Duckworth.  A great introduction to the topic.

2. Here are two introductory pieces on the topic: One by NPR and the other via edutopia.org. Continue reading “How important is “Grit” to Students’ Success”

Stereotype Threat ~ How Does it Impact Education?

Although definitions vary somewhat, the most commonly sited definition of Stereotype threat refers to being at risk of confirming, as self-characteristic, a negative stereotype about one’s group  (Steele & Aronson, 1995).  This creates anxiety which impacts performance in the area to which the negative stereotype applies.  Interestingly, in the book and the interview below, Mr. Steele states that he hasn’t found a group yet to which no negative stereotype applies.  In his book, Whistling Vivaldi, Claude Steel summarizes research about this concept which is all very interesting.  However, perhaps the most interesting aspect of this line of research is the apparent ease with which the anxiety may be able to be reduced and Continue reading “Stereotype Threat ~ How Does it Impact Education?”