By Guest Blogger Coach Jay Stallings
It’s going to happen. A child will be embarrassed about losing to a younger player. A student will accuse another of cheating and you of allowing it. You will offend a student without even realizing it. What you do next is critical!
First…What NOT to do:
- Lose control.
- Give the teacher glare
- Talk, talk, talk.
If you lose control of yourself, you will lose control of your class, and you will lose the respect of many of your students.
Giving the teacher glare challenges the student and the class and demonstrates that you don’t have the ability to do anything more than that. Continue reading “De-Escalating Confrontation at Chess Club”
Teaching a class with children with different skill levels can seem quite daunting. Chess coaches facing this challenge have devised interesting tricks over the years to stimulate inexperienced students while keeping the advanced ones focused. Here are some ideas and activities that you can use to keep your classroom buzzing.
- Focus on activities that allow those of different levels to learn different things (e.g., the Pawn Game and Domination – In the pawn game, beginning students focus on how the pieces move and capture and advanced students learn about pawn structure. In Domination, both groups improve their board visualization skills).
Continue reading “Classroom Tips for Chess Teachers ~ Managing Varied Skill Levels”
Introduction: Every teacher or coach knows that some kids are eager to participate in group discussions while others are more likely to hang back. Calling on different students can help, but it also risks making some kids uncomfortable. Most of us can remember occasions where we were terrified that the teacher would call on us, or the sinking feeling and embarrassment of not knowing the answer when we were called on. For most students, chess is a voluntary endeavor, so we are particularly motivated to do what we can to make the class a positive experience. So, how can we encourage active participation while reducing the probability of negative experiences? Here are a few ideas. If you have others, we would love to hear them. If you try any of these, we would love to hear how it goes.
Automatic Pauses: Give an automatic 30-60 second pause after asking a question. You don’t need to do this every time, of course. Develop a Continue reading “Encouraging Active Participation in Chess Class”