Good day dear chess fans! Today we will discuss a very interesting method of fastening material for aspiring young players – solving chess puzzles! This creative method and it is part of the author’s methodology of learning chess, based on the creative approach and the use of unconventional teaching methods. Within the pages of this site we have already touched upon this topic in the article “a Creative approach to teaching chess”. We discussed the current topic of how to diversify the class for beginner chess players with breaks ,pauses of different kind and I promised to tell you about each one in more detail.
So, today we will discuss one type of play-break – solving chess crossword for kids during class!
In order to understand the method, you should immediately clarify, what is the difference between children’s chess crossword from the usual?
-all matters directly or indirectly relate to the game of chess, that is, responses must contain the names of chess terms, names of chess pieces, chess phenomenon, the names of the Champions of the world, etc.
-like a crossword puzzle can be thematic, for example, contain the questions and answers only on those topics that you have studied during the month or dedicated only to the endgame or something else. Also a crossword puzzle can be the outcome when the content may relate to any chess themes that will help to refresh your knowledge of the names of the terms and processes chess, studied for a long time.
-crossword should not be large, but the questions themselves do not have to be complicated. Since this method still applies to a secondary way of learning, it is not necessary to deepen and complicate the task – the task here is to dispel the situation, but it does not shy away from chess themes. Estimated time on solving the similar crossword puzzle, should take no longer than 10 minutes.
-crossword completed by the coach or downloaded from the Internet. Soon we will publish a crossword similar plan that will help you not to spend much time on the preparation of such break!
questions can be submitted in the form of riddles.
How does it work?
As we discussed earlier, these breaks help to remove the information voltage, but not departing from the subject of chess. It is well known that different types of activities that relate to one object, promote deeper learning. This is when there are different senses, different ways of perception. Here it is important to remember that students may dominate the individual characteristics of perception, temperament and character, and accordingly, memorizing the material. You are, therefore, will help many children to understand what is the normal way they would not have learned. This is due to the fact that solving a crossword puzzle is a very exciting process and in this case is a team that can, in addition, to unite children and remove the emotional barriers between your wards!!!
A definite plus for classes comprising of crossword puzzles is that you can physically break from the standard Seating position. For example, you can organize this process standing, the higher the Desk or even sitting on the floor, if the class has a carpet. You’ll see, over time, children become more attentive and hardy and only due to the fact that for ten minutes changed the position of the body. Still, when you consider the physiology of children, it is possible to stand in one position for 1.5 hours is not an easy task, but requires to be attentive and obedient…
When in my classroom, I suggest ways in which the situation to solve a crossword, my players prefer to do it sitting on the carpet! Yes, I can afford it, as has equipped the class of their choice and will. In the case of chess exercises in public schools, the conditions are somewhat different, but here you can find a way out, for example, purchasing a rubberized carpet, thin camping mats, etc.
To all the above, I would like to add – don’t be like all and do not seek to conduct lessons so that the children they missed…let deviations from norms and standards will become your norm! It’s so naturally the nature of the children you teach. I can assure you, the fruits of your labor and creativity will not take long, it will find expression in high attendance, grateful and joyful eyes of children and respectively in the new victories of your students!
Author Ava Suleimanova
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