Last night at Denton Chess Club, Justin, a physics teacher and football/basketball/tennis coach at Whitesboro high school, visited. He wanted ideas for his club, in which 20 students have expressed an interest. Although Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators and Science, Math, Checkmate: 32 Chess Activities for Inquiry and Problem Solving are written for educators of grades 3-8, adaptations of ideas from those books for high school students are easily made.
I also recommended a chess ladder. My favorite article about how to run a ladder is in Jennifer Shahade's interview of Elizabeth Vicary. I forgot to tell Justin about the August 7, 2008 USCF Chess in Education workshop. The deadline for early registration for the USCF Chess in Education workshop is approaching. The workshop is held during the U.S. Open. Chess players, coaches, parents, and educators are all encouraged to attend. One speaker, Michael Bowden of the Lewisville Independent School District, has been added. Mr. Bowden will speak from 3:00-3:30 (on August 7th, during the refreshment break) on the topic of "Academic Chess vs. Scholastic Chess, or So You Want to Establish a Chess Program in Your District." The workshop is in the Bachman room at the U.S. Open site hotel.
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