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CHESS LESSON PLAN WEEK FOUR PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Jan 26 2010 (14:03)

Seven boys and two girls showed up January 26 after school for chess club. Here was the lesson plan that we followed.

Objectives: Students will work in trainer-trainee groups on the rook section of the trainer-trainee worksheet. They may then go on to another section of the trainee worksheet of their choice, or go over a previously played chess game (post mortem).

Materials needed: Our bin of chess supplies and a classroom with hook for my demonstration board.

Procedure: Start class promptly at 3:45. If dry-erase board available, have outline of procedure on the dry erase board as follows:

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CHESS LESSON PLAN WEEK THREE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Jan 19 2010 (15:16)

This week I had five boys and two girls. Some students may have forgotten it was chess day because Monday was the MLKjr. holiday. So today was the first day of a school week and a Tuesday.

Here was my lesson plan for January 19:

Objectives: Students will learn or review the concepts of promotion and passed pawn through a review of the Pawn Game (taught by trainers in week one) and by playing

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CHESS LESSON PLAN WEEK TWO PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Jan 12 2010 (18:21)

For week two, I again had 11 students, with the same proportion of 9 boys and 2 girls. But one of the boys and one of the girls were new as compared to last week.

Objectives: Students will learn how to make a chess diagram and how to fill out a record for a ladder game. Students will play Simon Says with chess instructions. Students will play a ladder game.

Materials needed: Demonstration board, chalkboard, chess sets and boards (one for every two students), chess diagrams, pencils, 3x5 index cards, notebook paper. Outdoor area.

Procedure: I set up the demonstration board with all of the chessmen on it in the starting position. Each student had a pencil and a blank chess diagram. I asked

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CHESS LESSON PLAN WEEK ONE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Tue, Jan 05 2010 (15:08)

This is the lesson plan I wrote for the January 5, 2010 first meeting of the after-school chess club at Strickland MS. In reality, the plan was followed. Clarifications about what actually happened compared to the plan or additional helpful comments on resources are added in [brackets]. Supplies used are in CAPS. The day went well for the 11 students that attended. A teacher also dropped by for the second half of the class.

Procedure:

I. I will introduce myself and emphasize that we are the SMS team. That is, we learn from each other through a rotating schedule of trainer-trainee days, ladder games,

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SCHOOL-DAY VERSUS AFTER-SCHOOL CHESS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Fri, Jan 01 2010 (10:45)
On Tuesday, January 5, 2010, I will begin my after-school chess club at Strickland Middle School. The club will be hosted by the Communities in Schools program. Chess club will be free and open to all Strickland Middle School students. For the previous five years, I volunteered teaching chess at Strickland during the school day from 1:15 to 1:55 p.m., known as advisory period. During the last two years (2007-2008 and 2008-2009), students had chess three days a week with me and study skills and character education with the paid teacher on the other two days. One advantage of chess advisory was regular, required attendance by students, which eased tracking progress and planning instruction. With advisory eliminated this year, I chose after-school for chess instead. What do blog readers see as the advantages and disadvantages of after-school chess club compared to school-day chess instruction?
 
LIVING CHESS GAME FOOTAGE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Sat, Dec 05 2009 (02:47)
Check out the video of the performance of the Living Chess Game, the culmination of 12 weeks of classes I taught at the Denton Public Library. Starting position, with White to play and draw: White: Kh8, pawn on c6. Black: Ka6, pawn on h5. Solution: 1. Kg7 h4 2. Kf6 Kb6 3. Ke5 h3 4. Kd6 h2 5. c7 Kb7 6. Kd7 h1(Q) 7. c8(Q)+ 1/2-1/2.
 
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