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Ms. Pierre-Stephen from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Chess Thinkers

Help me give my students a life long skill in higher order thinking through the intelligence of learning how to play chess.

  • $589 goal

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My Students

I teach Algebra I and Algebra A to 14-15 year-old students with a variety of intellectual, physical, and sensory impairments within our general education and special needs population in our high school that serves 100% low income students. I use an Internet Math curriculum called Aleks. It allows each individual student to have individualized personalized learning paths. I work with each student individually to help them understand the concepts that they are working and this means I am popping around the room tutoring, teaching, assisting and also using students who have the highest percentages in the class to become student tutors therefore developing student leaders.

With this style of personalized learning in the classroom, it is most beneficial and imperative to have a personalized set-up with collaborative tables that can move into collaborative inner circles or self-directed sections in the room.

Among the mathematical problem solving they will be learning through word problems, I would like to increase and improve higher order thinking through the strategy of learning how to play chess.

My Project

If this project is funded, it will be the semester 2 project in the class every Friday devoted to learning and applying strategies in chess playing that correlates to strategies in problem solving in such Algebra units as Linear Systems, Quadratics and Quadratic Functions.

I plan to use Bloom's Taxonomy leveled questioning, provide practical advice, and suggest ways to keep the experience fun throughout the Higher Order Thinking learning process.

My project’s outcome will be to develop a student’s ability from no knowledge of the game to the level of an experienced scholastic chess player through the materials of 25 chess boards with chess pieces.

Higher Order Thinking is the undertone of this project.

Ms. Pierre-Stephen
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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CA242 - Chess Teacher • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 25 $424.75

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