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ST. VINCENT'S SCHOOL CHESS #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jan 16 2013 (22:17)

I had a demonstration board and, nearby, one chess set for every two children for the “practice” parts of my lesson plan. The groups rotated to me (35 minutes each for Intermediate and Advanced and 20 minutes for Beginner) in the order of Intermediate, then Beginner, then Advanced. There was a parent volunteer in my classroom.

Pawn Day for Beginners and Intermediates (two separate classes)

Beginners: I taught the two-rook checkmate on the demonstration board, calling on students to make Black’s (the defender’s moves) and, after the pattern became clear, White’s moves. Battleship Chess (king and 4 pawns against king and 4 pawns) for the remainder

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HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 11 2013 (23:50)

Today's topic at Denton HIgh School chess club was the King and Pawn vs. King draw and the Philidor's rook endgame. In each case, students tried the positions with partners then Dr. Root showed the correct patterns on the demonstration board. She also showed how the endgames are related to each other. This chess content is covered in People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. After learning these endgames, students had 15 minutes to play for fun.

 
ST. VINCENT'S SCHOOL CHESS #1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jan 09 2013 (21:32)

Before I began teaching each group, I explained my expectation of their raising hands before they speak, in the lecture setting, to allow everyone a chance to think without the answers being given away. For the beginner group, I also stated that hands need to be in laps during lectures (rather than playing with chessmen).  I also mentioned that I will give a warning for inappropriate classroom behavior and that a second instance will mean that they need to go see the Chess Program Director. I had a demonstration board and, nearby, one chess set for every two children for the “practice” parts of my lesson plan. The groups rotated to me (30 minutes each) in the order of Intermediate, then Beginner, then Advanced. There was a parent

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COPPELL GIFTED ASSOCIATION CHESS CAMP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Dec 24 2012 (11:58)

The Coppell Gifted Association chess camp is December 26-28. Information is at http://coppellgifted.org/register/ 

and spaces are still available. Dr. Alexey Root will be teaching at the chess camp.

The camp is for ages 5-12.
Camp description: Chess campers are divided into three groups so that each camper has instruction and competition at an appropriate level. For beginners, instruction includes the rules of chess, including castling, en passant, and pawn promotion. Instruction for the experienced campers includes basic checkmates, such as the two-rook mate. Some of the activities for the advanced campers include reading and writing algebraic chess notation and solving chess puzzles. In addition to instructional time with Dr. Alexey Root, a former U.S. Women's Chess Champion, all campers will have multiple opportunities to play chess games with fellow campers. Dr. Root's latest book is Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.

 
HIGH SCHOOL CHESS #15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Dec 14 2012 (19:30)

Think Like A King donated chess software to Denton High School students training for SuperNationals V! Chess club today also featured a “white elephant” gift exchange, bughouse, and food.

 
BROOKLYN CASTLE: CHESS MOVIE SCREENING PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sun, Dec 09 2012 (00:07)

At least five students from my Chess Online courses plus the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies from UT Dallas (my boss!) and around 35 other people showed up for the 7:20 p.m. screening of Brooklyn Castle on Saturday, December 8, 2012. The audience clapped for the film as the credits rolled. The post-film Q & A went well. I answered 20 questions before I thought I’d better say, “Just one more question” as I knew the theater had to be prepared for the final show of the night. The last question was, “What do you think is the main message of this movie?” I replied, “I agree with what I have heard director Katie Dellamaggiore say. Students will work hard and can succeed if their schools have resources. Support public schools and teachers.”  Earlier questioners DID ask what had happened to the students in the movie. So my research paid off when answering those questions! The Brooklyn Castle film also is showing Sunday the 9th through Thursday the 13th at Cinemark West Plano.

 
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