The objective of our chess lessons is to provide a quality chess learning experience for students who are interested in chess and want to develop their skills in this challenging game. Trained staff provided by an external provider conduct eight 1 hour coaching sessions per term for two terms each year. There is a minimal fee and lessons are available for all ages and levels of chess skills. Classes are conducted at lunch times.
Engaging children in the 16 habits of mind through chess:
- Persisting – keep looking for the answer even if it takes a little bit longer.
- Managing Impulsivity – not making the first move that comes to mind. Looking for better moves.
- Listening to others – with Understanding and Empathy – listen to what the other kids have to say about their moves.
- Striving for Accuracy and Precision – calculate more than one move ahead and visualise accurately future positions.
- Questioning and Posing Problems – not be afraid to ask questions and suggest alternative moves.
- Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations – pattern recognition of chess positions.
- Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision – describing why certain moves are better than others.
- Creating, Imagining and Innovating – lots of opportunities for these in chess, especially visualisation.
- Responding with Wonderment and Awe – showing them brilliant moves played by great chess players.
- Taking Responsible Risks – making moves which may not be 100% correct but offer reasonable chances.
- Finding Humor – telling them funny incidences which happened in chess events and tournaments
- Thinking Interdependently – working co-operatively to analyse and explore the possibilities in a position presented to the group.
- Learning Continuously – reflecting on errors and building on previous learning to improve one’s play.
- Gathering Data through All Senses – feeling the pieces, looking at the body language of the opponent, realizing how fast/slow the opponent is making their moves, sensing the uneasiness of the opponent when confronted with an unexpected move.
- Thinking Flexibly – the ability to change a plan of action when confronted with different replies from the opponent.
- Thinking about our Thinking (meta-cognition) – cultivating the habit of re-evaluating the way we strategise in chess.