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BARNES AND NOBLE CHESS NIGHT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Thu, Jul 31 2008 (18:25)
On August 2nd, at 12:01 a.m., is the release of the best-seller Breaking Dawn. Because Breaking Dawn has a chess queen and a chess pawn on its cover, my local Barnes and Noble is having a chess event Friday night leading up to the release. From 10-10:30 p.m. I will play chess and sign my books Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators and Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving. Then, from 10:30-11:30 p.m., members of the Denton Chess Club play against all challengers. At 11:30 p.m., everyone gets in line to buy Breaking Dawn.
 
FREE CHESS CURRICULA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Jul 29 2008 (18:11)
Monday night, July 28th, at Denton Chess Club I remembered to tell Justin, the HS teacher mentioned in my previous blog, about the USCF Chess in Education workshop. I learned from Justin that his high school students signed up for a school year of chess. Chess instruction will be during homerooms with him or with his chess colleague, a computer teacher. Because the same students will attend chess homerooms everyday, lessons should build on the previous day's learning. Luckily, there are two free curricula available that guide educators and students,

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CHESS IN HIGH SCHOOL; CHESS WORKSHOP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Jul 22 2008 (05:55)
Last night at Denton Chess Club, Justin, a physics teacher and football/basketball/tennis coach at Whitesboro high school, visited. He wanted ideas for his club, in which 20 students have expressed an interest. Although Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators and Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving are written for educators of grades 3-8, adaptations of ideas from those books for high school students are easily made. I also recommended a chess ladder. My favorite article about how to run a ladder is in Jennifer Shahade's interview of Elizabeth Vicary. I forgot to tell Justin about the August 7, 2008 USCF Chess in Education workshop. The deadline for early registration for the

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CHESS SELF-EFFICACY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jul 16 2008 (04:49)
Monday night, July 14th, at Denton Chess Club only four children ages 12 and under attended. The teenagers and adults were stronger at chess than all but one of the children. Though the children occasionally played with the older folk, in the end they wanted to play against each other for competitive and social reasons. Among the children, the eleven-year-old (the one who can compete

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AUSTIN CHESS CLUB PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Jul 07 2008 (12:11)
My son William and I are in Austin, Texas for the week so that William can attend Camp Half-Blood. We got in Sunday night, and went to the Austin Chess Club. Just after we arrived, one player from the G/15 event withdrew. So William got to play rounds 4 and

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