ECU: Smart method to teach chess

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1/30/2024 – Using chess as an educational tool requires a combination of skills from educators, including knowledge of the subject matter, effective communication skills, and the ability to inspire and motivate students to maintain their interest in the game.

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ECU101 - The SMART Method to Teach Chess

Chess educators have a great responsibility when it comes to classroom teaching. Their effectiveness is the key to successfully developing students' cognitive, emotional and social skills through the game, therefore the training course aims to support teachers who want to use chess as an educational tool. Besides the educational chess approach, chess educators need to learn about basic pedagogical skills and classroom management techniques to enhance their effectiveness. 

This training course supports teachers to improve their instructional skills, including how to structure lessons, provide feedback, and create a supportive learning environment to maintain students' motivation. It also introduces new teaching strategies and techniques for chess in education to help teachers to design and deliver effective lessons and achieve better learning outcomes for students.

The ECU101 - The SMART Method to Teach Chess training course was designed in 2017 by the leading chess educationists in Europe, and is validated by the ECU Advisory Board, which is an international academic panel with experts in disciplines from cognitive science and psychology to statistics and pedagogy. The certification was developed following the Declaration by the European Parliament on 15th March 2012 that Chess in Schools should be encouraged for educational purposes. The course is innovative in terms of content and delivery. It uses the SMART method developed by the professional ChessPlus team based upon years of practical experience supplemented by action research.

The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children. The course helps you to build up your teaching skills in chess so as to improve the general educational attainment of children.

  • The number of attendees on the course is limited to 30. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All registrants should be over 18 years old.

Presentation by Jesper Hall

Course information:

  • Course ID: ECU101
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Dates: 27-28 January 2024
  • Time: Please note, all times are in London Time
    • Day1
    • 09.00 - 12.00 
    • 13.00 - 16.00 
    • Day2
    • 09.00 - 12.00 
    • 13.00 - 16.00 
  • Language: English
  • Fee: €100 + €50 for the Certificate 
  • Venue: ZOOM 
  • Course Instructor:  Jesper Hall, Chairman of the European Chess Union Education Commission / John Foley, Director of ChessPlus
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