Dr Alexey Root

MonRoi

For February 23 after-school chess I had four students (3 boys and 1 girl). Some of my students had pre-UIL practices for their instruments, which may explain the low attendance. Objectives: Each student will take notation for some or all of the ladder chess game. Students will discuss the importance of reading and writing in chess and in general, as also covered in my book Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.

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MonRoi

Before volunteering for Denton High School chess club today, I was at UT Dallas to receive The President’s Volunteer Service Award, Bronze level. That award recognized that I volunteered between 100 and 249 hours in 2010, much of it teaching chess! I sat next to Saheli Nath, who was also receiving a Bronze-level award. The high school chess club meeting today was mostly casual games.

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MonRoi

On February 16, 8 students (5 boys and 3 girls) attended chess club in the cafeteria. I learned that it is harder for blindfolded students to move like a bishop than a rook. Objectives: Students will work in trainer-trainee groups on the bishop section of chapter 5 of Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.They will fill out their trainer-trainee worksheets, featured in People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. They may then go on to another section of chapter 5, or go over a previously played chess game (post mortem).

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On February 9 I had 12 students (9 boys and 3 girls) in the after-school chess club at Strickland Middle School. For the first time, we didn't get our classroom. Rather, we were in the cafeteria with other after-school groups. On the plus side, this attracted four students who had either never come to chess before or who had come only once or twice before. Also, we had more room to move around. On the minus side, some of the tables weren't the best shape for chess boards and it was noisier.

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MonRoi

Today, February 2, 2010, I had 8 students (6 boys and 2 girls, all of whom had attended at least once before) for after-school chess club at Strickland Middle School. Here is what happened during the class (3:45-5p.m.)

Objectives: Students begin to learn notation. Students play a ladder game.

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Barnes & Noble Chess in Education event: 1989 U.S. Women's Chess Champion Dr. Alexey Root and Denton High School Chess Club officers host an all-ages FREE chess event including a book signing, activities like "Pawn Game" and "Battleship Chess," and chess information for educators and parents. Saturday March 19, 2011 1:00 PM

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Today students played ladder games. Officers also reported that chess club T shirt pre-orders will be available next Friday. Chess club officers want T shirts in time for their bookstore presentation with Alexey Root on March 19.

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Seven boys and two girls showed up January 26 after school for chess club. Here was the lesson plan that we followed.

Objectives: Students will work in trainer-trainee groups on the rook section of the trainer-trainee worksheet. They may then go on to another section of the trainee worksheet of their choice, or go over a previously played chess game (post mortem).

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This week I had five boys and two girls. Some students may have forgotten it was chess day because Monday was the MLKjr. holiday. So today was the first day of a school week and a Tuesday.

Here was my lesson plan for January 19:

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MonRoi

For week two, I again had 11 students, with the same proportion of 9 boys and 2 girls. But one of the boys and one of the girls were new as compared to last week.

Objectives: Students will learn how to make a chess diagram and how to fill out a record for a ladder game. Students will play Simon Says with chess instructions. Students will play a ladder game.

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On January 7, 2011, Denton High School chess club had its first meeting of 2011. Twelve students attended, as well as two Denton High School alumni. Ladder games were completed, followed by post mortems and chess for fun.

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This is the lesson plan I wrote for the January 5, 2010 first meeting of the after-school chess club at Strickland MS. In reality, the plan was followed. Clarifications about what actually happened compared to the plan or additional helpful comments on resources are added in [brackets]. Supplies used are in CAPS. The day went well for the 11 students that attended. A teacher also dropped by for the second half of the class.

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