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Beginner & intermediate chess : a curriculum for youth coaches / December 2015 (electronic resource)
Beginner & intermediate chess : a curriculum for youth coaches / December 2015 (electronic resource)
Chicago Chess Foundation / Illinois Chess Association
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Special considerations for K-1’s. Students in kindergarten and first grade can be excellent chess players, and some of them can learn as quickly as older kids. Some of them, however, may have trouble visualizing the game on a computer screen or demo board, or may be intimidated by being in a group of mostly older kids. We therefore recommend that K-1’s be taught in one or more separate small groups of six or fewer, using an actual chess board. We often leave these groups in our main playing room, where they can be overseen by an adult. Parents, high school or middle school students can be excellent teachers. Keep an eye peeled for potential student coaches who are mature and would enjoy the experience. Parents of these young coaches often comment on how rare and valuable it is for their kids to be given real responsibility and to work in an environment where expectations are high that they will be steady and reliable.
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Who is this curriculum for? This curriculum is the second of two publications designed to help new chess coaches who play a solid game and are willing to teach but aren’t sure exactly where to start. In the first, a handbook called “Teaching Chess to Groups,” we lay out our philosophy of coaching and offer advice on how to manage a classroom and motivate kids to learn. Here we address the substance of the game with topics arranged in what we believe to be a sensible sequence.
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TeensAdults
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