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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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"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chess Detective Press; 1st edition (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: #1,327,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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A Kid's Review on October 5, 2005
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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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A Kid's Review on June 18, 2006
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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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A Kid's Review on April 11, 2005
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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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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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Though not the most comprehensive book for a beginner it covers some very nice and unique things. It gives some ideas for making ches entertaining in a classroom setting, does a good job on covering chess notation and is certainly recommended for school teachers!
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I was just recently enlisted as chess coach of my son's chess team in an elementary school. As a novice chess player, I was concerned about my abilities to say the least. Could I do this? Do I know enough chess?

Bardwick's book assures almost any reader with an interest in chess and a desire to learn that he or she can do it!

The book is easy to follow, well organized, and straight forward. It provides good chess tips and it even offers analogies and metaphors that adults may use to help kids understand the game of chess.

Although I'm interested in this book from the point of view of a parent, I'll also mention, that as a professional educator, I think this book is great for teachers as well. In particular, teachers may appreciate Bardwick's information on standards and chess.
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