My name is Darryl Madison and I am a Special Education teacher at a school in Far Rockaway, NY. In addition, I am also a certified chess coach with the United States Chess Federation. I have a nonprofit program entitled No Limits For Youth, and I teach the game of chess to children and adults. The game of chess teaches important skill sets as well as develops positive character traits that are essential for our participants success. I have created an after school chess program at my school. Not only do I teach the children how to play chess, and improve upon their skill set, we teach them the language of chess, better known as Algebraic Notation. Once our participants learn this very important skill set they are able to read chess books, study on their own and improve their chess game. One of my goals is to give each participant their own chess set. Each student who has their own chess set will be able to learn how to study on their own.
Chess is a game that requires focus, helps build self esteem and is proven to help children academically in school. Our school is located in a very impoverished area of NYC and test scores range mostly in the level one and level two range. Chess is not only a game, but a means to teach our children about how to be successful, and another tool that can lift them out of their negative environment.
My goal is to provide our students with their very own chess sets.
They will learn the language of chess (Algebraic Notation) and use these skills to become better players and better students. I will teach them how to use these same study habits in the classroom and help them build up their grades.
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