We try to make learning fun, so I like to incorporate strategy games to promote critical thinking that allows students to learn for the fun of it.
Our students are highly energetic.
Although they are all capable of learning at a high rate, as evident with their ability to understand video games, many of them often struggle to grasp academic concepts. Traditional teaching approaches do not match their way of learning. We are constantly trying to find ways to get through to them. For the first time last school year, we started several clubs to motivate our students. These clubs which include step/cheer, theater, boy/girl (singing/dancing), and chess are allowing students to showcase their varying talents.
I started a chess club last school year with just 5th graders and would like to extend it to 3rd and 4th graders. The club will be open before and possible after school for 3 to 5 days per week. Students will learn about the history and rules of the game. The game will help students develop good sportsmanship, anticipate their opponents potential moves, avoid and set traps, and most importantly, students will learn how to think critically.
Chess is known to promote critical thinking that can be applied to all aspects of life.
Students are not always motivated to come to school. Hopefully, the opportunity to play chess will be a motivation for coming to school.
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