Club Meets: Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:30
Chess Club Meeting Dates:
9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 1/10, 1/24, Announcements for District Tournaments, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/18, 5/1 Last Day Celebration
Fischer of John Hopkins has
this to say about playing chess:
It's not about Kings, Queens, and Rooks, but rather, quadrants and
coordinates, thinking strategically and foreseeing consequences. It's about
lines and angles, weighing options and making decisions. Chess might just be
the perfect teaching and learning tool. The game of chess increases higher level
thinking skills, advance math and reading skills, and builds self-confidence.
Research shows, there is a strong correlation between learning to play
chess and academic achievement. Students who received chess instruction scored
significantly higher on all measures of academic achievement, including math,
spatial analysis, and non-verbal reasoning ability. Wendi Fischer is the
Scholastic Director of America's Foundation for Chess, a non-profit
organization formed in 2000, dedicated to bringing chess into the schools so
that all children can have the benefits of its lessons. [read more]
J. P. and Cage, B. N. (2000). The effects of chess instruction on the
mathematics achievements of southern, rural, black secondary students. Research
in the Schools, 7, 19-26.
About the author: Wendi
Fischer is the Scholastic Director of America's Foundation for Chess, a
non-profit organization formed in 2000, dedicated to bringing chess into the
schools so that all children can have the benefits of its lessons. Wendi
becomes "Lady Wendolyn" in the DVD lessons that accompany the First
Move chess program produced by the Foundation. Email: [email protected] ©July 2006
And we here at Oakcliff Agree.
Just in case you needed more research on why chess helps make kids smarter...
More reasons to play chess in elementary schools: Scholastic chess
clubs: 10 reasons why
How does chess relate to STEM?
Educators have long noted the links between the reasoning skills
involved in chess and those needed for STEM-related areas. These include
logical thinking, pattern recognition, analysis and synthesis,
strategic planning, and problem solving." STEM+ Academy, NY.
Scholastic Chess: A Gateway to STEM Education
by Michael Thomas, March 6, 2014 "The first-time kindergartners walked out of the tournament ... now tournament chess
players. As chess players, they also are more likely to succeed in
education. Scholastic chess helps improve concentration, develops
logical and critical thinking, promotes creative problem solving and
rewards hard work. These skills are invaluable to STEM education and the economy of the
future. SAS Sr. VP of R&D Armistead Sapp agrees: "I learned to play
chess in 3th grade, and from my love of chess I found Martin Gardner in
Scientific American. His Mathematical Games column led me to BASIC
programming in the 6th grade and to a Bell Labs Computer Club in
Greensboro where they had computers that ran BASIC and C. Chess was a
gateway to STEM for me. We need more of that."
" [read more