Teaching Chess in the 21st Century: Strategies and Connections to a Standards-Based World

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A beginner chess book for teachers, chess club sponsors, or parents with young children. An elementary school teacher can use this book as a textbook to incorporate chess into their standards-based math program incorporating National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards. Also included are exemplars and rubrics and teacher tips about how to handle situations that frequently occur while students are playing chess. Tried and true tested analogies that children will relate to are incorporated so that young ...
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Overview

A beginner chess book for teachers, chess club sponsors, or parents with young children. An elementary school teacher can use this book as a textbook to incorporate chess into their standards-based math program incorporating National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards. Also included are exemplars and rubrics and teacher tips about how to handle situations that frequently occur while students are playing chess. Tried and true tested analogies that children will relate to are incorporated so that young children can learn chess in an effective and fun way. The lessons in Teaching Chess in the 21st Century are presented in a manor that children grasp quickly. The analogies found throughout the book are fun and relatable to the student's own life experiences, enhancing learning and the enjoyment of the game. Teaching Chess in the 21st Century is recommended for adults to use as a teaching guide for children from ages 4-11. Ten lesson plans (chapters) cover the basic rules and strategy of chess and reinforce concepts that are frequently overlooked by young chess students. Math concepts learned through chess are also highlighted throughout the chess instruction. A particular useful section for the teacher or chess club sponsor is the Teacher Tips for Chess Play Time section where the teacher will learn the proper way to handle disputes and situations that frequently occur when the children play against each other.National Chess Master Todd Bardwick runs the Chess Academy of Denver and the Rocky Mountain Chess Camps and is one of the nation's leading and most experienced full-time chess instructors. Mr. Bardwick is also the chess columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and a columnist for Chess Life magazine.Teachers and education experts contributed to the book which is designed to be used in the classroom for a beginner chess text. Teachers can readily reference the rubrics, benchmarks, and standards. This helps the teacher plan their lessons by organizing the essential component parts of the lesson because they know what their final objective is.
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Bruce Pandolfini
"...This is an excellent book for helping teachers who know little about chess introduce and teach the game in primary and elementary classrooms...
...It's evident that Mr. Bardwick appreciates the merit of presenting his material in a clearly delineated format. Teachers can thereby utilize concepts with greater facility and reliability, and students can pace themselves better by knowing what to expect...
...Teaching Chess in the 21st Century admirably captures many of the fundamentals for teaching chess in schools and related environments... I give it high marks, and for those charged with inspiring the young to play chess, I think it a natural addition to their library".
author of "ChessCafe" & is the Nation's leading chess instructor and was portrayed by Ben Kingsley in the movie, "Searching for Bobby Fischer".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976196204
  • Publisher: Chess Detective Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Chess Detective Presents Ser.
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    Perfect for Teachers

    The genius of this book lies not in the material presented, but in how it is presented. The basics of chess are, after all, the basics of chess. They can be learned from any number of chess books targeted to chess novices. Where Bardwick's book shines is in his ability to wrap the most challenging concepts in delightful, kid-centric stories. For example, as someone who has run an after school K-8 chess club, I have struggled to make opening strategy lively for my students. Now I have a new tool at my disposal - Todd's absolutely original use of opening presents at Christmas time as a metpahor for developing the pieces! I also am delighted by the exemplars and class chess games/activities Bardwick presents. These are fresh, focused, and a lot of fun for the kids! The tips for chess teachers are excellent. Most chess teachers have to learn how to teach chess in the classroom by trial and error. This book will smooth out that process for you. Bardwick makes the wisdom he has gained through his own teaching experience yours for the taking. Finally, the illustrations are entertaining and the quotes at the beginning of each chapter are fantastic. Is there anything I would criticize? Sometimes a sentence or two runs on a bit. However, correcting this would be like flicking one last speck off a gleaming sports car. I would definitely recommend taking this book for a spin!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2005

    A must have for any teacher of chess or mathematics

    Any teacher would be pleased to have this book in his/her collection. Bardwick explains how to teach chess in a classroom setting, regardless of the instructor's skill as a player, and incorporate basic math skills into the program. The first two thirds of the book is a complete curriculum for chess, beginning with the basics of piece movement, and going right through to moderately-advanced checkmate patterns. Each lesson is planned out to make the teacher's job easier (of course, changes could be made to better fit the individual teacher or student), and there are plenty of illustrations and examples (one on nearly every page!). The last part of the book outlines how chess works with the standard math course of public schools. An example of a second grade curriculum guide is provided (more than half of the requirements and suggestions are introduced or reinforced by chess!), but it could be used for anyone of any grade level. Bardwick shows great skill at taking his own chess program and converting it to text, along with great stories and metaphors the children can understand, relate to, and enjoy. This is certainly not the most in-depth look at chess strategy ever written. If that's what you're looking for, try another book (there are many, on many different topics, but I can only suggest those for more advanced students of chess). But if you're a teacher, parent, or coach looking for a good way to teach chess or math (or both), then this is the book for you. From now on, this will be what I use to introduce children to the rules and strategies of chess, whenever the opportunity presents itself. I strongly suggest you do the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    Mixed Feelings

    This book does a good job of showing what chess and math have in common in an academic school classroom. However, it leaves a lot of other important things out such as how chess helps with the pattern recognition needed for reading skills. It also lacks actual instructional materials and doesn't effectively show how to maintain the student's interest among other things. For the math angle it is recommended, for the other aspects it is disapointing - therefore a 3 is a perfect rating for the book.

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