- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Libraries Unlimited; 1 edition (March 30, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591583586
- ISBN-13: 978-1591583585
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators 1st Edition
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"[A] book that provides plenty of solid explanations highlighting the value to students of learning and playing the royal game. Where necessary, the language of chess is translated into the language of education." - Chessville.com
"Root provides interesting and informative lesson plans but also gives educators the reasons and methods for including chess in their grade 3-8 classrooms; these reasons include the range of problem-solving possibilities and the few resources required. She provides planning tips and samples of lesson plans as well as a list of resources." - Reference & Research Book News
"[A]n in-depth analysis. . . . Introducing readers to the incorporation of chess into a classroom curriculum, Children and Chess deftly explores the contribution which the game can have with respect to enhancing children's reading, math, science, and social studies skills. Providing a remarkably comprehensive grasp of the game's value for a child's intellectual skill development, Children and Chess is very strongly recommended reading for teachers and homeschooling parents of young students searching for a fun and highly educational activity." - Library Bookwatch
About the Author
Alexey W. Root has a PhD in education from UCLA. Her work history includes public high school teaching (social studies and English). Her most notable chess accomplishment was winning the U.S. Women's championship in 1989. Since the fall of 1999, Root has been a senior lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). She has taught UTD education classes, tutored prospective teachers for certification exams, and supervised student teachers. Root's current assignment for UTD is to teach, via the UT TeleCampus, online education courses that explore the uses of chess in classrooms. Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators (2006) and Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving (2008) were both published by Teacher Ideas Press.
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The first steps of learning this wonderfully complex and artistic game are the toughest for children. So, it is important to implement some special teaching techniques, as described in the book "Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators". By using these techniques, educators such as myself can help children learn about the abstract concepts of chess in a fun, hands-on manner.
I already use a lot of the techniques described in the book because they are effective. In addition, the book comes up with fresh and new perspectives that can add to the learning environment of chess. In this book, I have found new ideas that children love, such as the Charades chess game. All the children enjoy it, and even the shy ones participate in role-playing and acting as a chess piece!