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Teaching Chess in the 21st Century: Strategies And Connections to a Standards-based World Paperback – October 30, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chess Detective Pr (October 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976196204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976196204
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent book for helping teachers who know little about chess introduce and teach the game in primary and elementary classrooms" -- By Bruce Pandolfini, ChessCafe.com, June 2005

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Teachers and education experts contributed to this 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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Customer Reviews

This book is very well written.
R. Garzella
If you are a classroom teacher or if you teach chess at the elementary school level you will find this book very useful.
Adam Schulman
If the teachers only knew how easy it has become to teach chess to the kids after using this book they would understand.
Alan L. Oppenheim

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Adam Schulman on June 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found Todd Bardwick's book to be an good resource for providing valuable ideas for teaching chess in the classroom.
It provides a modest amount of material for practical instructional use (with more material it would have been a 5 star book) but what makes this book special are the useful ideas to "reach the kids" and the use of chess on an academic level.
If you are a classroom teacher or if you teach chess at the elementary school level you will find this book very useful. I would recommend that this book not be just a "stand alone" text but add a book like ...if teaching older students. This way you will have all the material you need!
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Otto Schmidt on April 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I can recommend "Teaching Chess in the 21st Century" along with ... for the classroom teacher who wants all of the material they need for a weekly chess program for an entire year.
"Teaching Chess in the 21st Century" is well focused on what the classroom teacher (or even a professional elementary school chess teacher) should have to give them proper direction. I have taught chess to children ages 5 to 12 for many years now, not only in the US but previously in Europe, where I was ranked as a first class player (about 1900 USCF).
The author obviously knows how to maintain the interest of beginning level elementary school students, which is obviously his specialty! This book is a MUST if you teach chess to kids.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Eric Olson on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been involved in teaching chess at the elementary school level for some years now in California.

Pros:

1. It has the specialty of being directed at elementary school teachers for practical classroom use (this is the book for you if you are an elementary level teache),

2. It is written by an national master who has many years of teaching experience at a local level,

3. It is well organized,

Cons:

1. It isn't comprehensive enough to be a stand alone book for a teacher. At least one additional beginning book for additional materials will be needed by a teacher who plans on running a program more than a couple of months,

2. It is inconsistant to have pictures directed at children (too small to show an entire class) when this is a book written for adults.

3. If you are not an elementary level teacher then this would not be the book for you as there are better books written for a student who is starting in chess.

To put it is a chess nut shell if you are an elementary level school teacher who wants to introduce chess to your class this book would be a fine addition to other instructional materials.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am only a student. But I really like his book. It has helped my teacher teach me all the basics of chess...
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is one of the books that my chess teacher has and also lets the class use it. Though it is more for chess teachers I also recommend it for students...
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Smith on March 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
TEACHING CHESS IN THE 21st CENTURY would be a worthwhile book to own by an elementary school teacher who knows the basics of chess and wants some ideas to direct them in how to conduct a chess program.

The book is not as comprehensive as it could be. However, if you suppliment it with A SCHOLASTIC GUIDE TO CHESS (and possibly A PARENT'S GUIDE TO CHESS - also great for teachers) and get a good solid beginning text book (several good ones out there) that has good lessons plans and a good tactics book (kids love chess problems (i.e. HOW TO BEAT YOUR DAD AT CHESS or SIMPLE CHESS TACTICS) - along with a demonstration board and the chess sets your have everything you need!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
My parents suggest I write this when I was given this at a local chess program as a book for me. It is a book for the teacher first and is not written for me being in the 4th grade. It has some more or less sample stuff but not lessons set up in a workbook or problems to solve like kids like. When it was to be part of a class I was to take and it is the book more for a teacher then I had my mom say write about it on amazon to say so.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Todd Bardwick does a very good job writing his first book. I teach chess to elementary kids, and already know most of the material in Todds book. However, he breaks each element of the teaching phase down, chapter by chapter, (todd calls them "lessons," there are 10 total) and he relates them to a standards-based math curriculum. The fun games and exemplars given in the back appendix are excellent. Many books written on teaching chess are not written by good teachers,and most fall flat on their faces.Not this one. Highly recommended. Good job Todd!
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