Sunday, February 26, 2006

chess, as a school subject


My school has agreed to let me teach chess as a subject. It will be a SACE Stage 1 Integrated Studies Unit delivered off line to students from Years 8-10.

I've put together a curriculum and received some valuable advice from Alan Goldsmith who runs the Knights and Bytes chess bookshop in Adelaide.

Here's my curriculum draft:

Skills Development (50%)
  • Demonstrated ability to identify tactical motifs - pins, forks, skewers, discoveries, double attacks, nets
  • Demonstrated ability to solve tactical problems at level 2 difficulty or higher from Blokh's "Combinational Motifs"
  • Demonstrated ability to master a list of endgame routines. Mate with: K + P versus K, 2 bishops, queen versus rook, (add some others) - ability to play both sides competently

Documentation and Evaluation (25%)

Record, analyse, annotate in detail and publish (on the internet) at least one significant competition game played by yourself

Research (25%)

Research one aspect of chess, such as
  • an opening
  • a famous game
  • a famous player
and present your findings to a group
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3 Comments:

Anonymous Darren Kuropatwa said...

This is GREAT! You've got to let me know how it turns out. I'd love to teach a chess class too. Then we can get our kids to play each other in a tournament online. ;-)

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Chris Harvey said...

Hey Bill,
Here's a Wikibook on Chess and the libre software for chess.

There's also an interesting ancient chinese game named Go and a couple of Wikibooks on playing and programming Go.

I've given the occasional chess lesson but Go is fairly new to me.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Bill Kerr said...

thanks chris,
placing chess URLs at chess

alan goldsmith is organising internet chess for juniors this year, see above for URLs

2:40 AM  

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