Chess for Social Skills is an alternative approach to current social-skills-for-children programmes and can be delivered in a whole-class or small group setting. The structured nature of chess-playing provides excellent scaffolding for all students who find social skills difficult to master as they play each other one on one before moving to another partner.
As well as learning how to play the famous game through a fun, hands-on approach the programme of lessons also challenges students to develop their concepts of respect, accepting defeat, forward planning, accepting compliments and giving feedback, teamwork, decision-making, patience, resilience and developing a growth mind-set when exploring a new skill.
Teachers will have the opportunity to learn how to play chess by playing chess mini-games against other novice teachers. The course will teach all participants how to play chess (from zero prior knowledge) and the best methods of teaching primary school children as young as first class the rules using a fun, games-based approach utilise chess as an additional resource in teaching social skills in the mainstream and special education classrooms organise a school chess club, school chess team and in-school chess competitions.
Testimonials from previous chess summer course participants include:
This summer course has been hosted through eight education centres around Ireland since 2016 and always receives the highest standard of feedback. It attracts both principals and experienced teachers looking for something new and easy to implement in their schools with many claiming it to be "the best summer course I've ever completed". Newly qualified teachers also find the course an excellent addition to their CV. Chess is a growing initiative in Irish primary schools with 300 teachers now joined the Ficheall.ie network of teachers promoting chess in primary schools.
This Course will be delivered from Thursday 1st July to Wednesday 7th July (inclusive) from 9.30am to 2pm daily, with a break from 11.30am -12 noon.
Guidelines for participation in Zoom Summer Courses:
Our zoom summer course will be in the form of a Zoom meeting. Tutors will endeavour to ensure that they will be facilitated as close to the face-to-face method of delivery as originally intended. There will be regular discussions and group activities throughout the day. The Tutors will be making use of break-out rooms etc.
The Tutors will be marking the official Department Roll each day, on your behalf, in both the morning and the afternoon. In addition to this, an attendee list will be printed off from our Zoom account. This details the time of each time you log in and out of the Zoom meeting. This is required by the Department in addition to the official Roll book.
Participants must be online for the whole duration of the course. They must have their camera on at all times and have their name displayed. It must be the name they used when registering for the course/zoom*. Participants must engage fully with the tutor and other participants.
Participants are not permitted to record the zoom sessions.
There is a strict limit of 16 participants on each course. The link must not be shared with other people.
N.B. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that they have adequate broadband and IT to access the course. Full attendance is required to be awarded 3 EPV days. 2 EPV days will be awarded for 4 days attendance. (Regardless of the reason for the absence, including poor broadband connection). No EPV days will be awarded for less than 4 days attendance.
The course fee cannot be refunded for any reason.
*NB: The host of the meeting will only admit those whose name matches the name on the roll/register. You can change the name that is displayed on Zoom by right clicking on the name and choosing the rename option
|Course Date||01-07-2021 9:30 am|
|Course End Date||07-07-2021 2:00 pm|
|Cut off date||18-06-2021 3:00 pm|
|Location||Live Webinar - Online|
Co. Leitrim, Rep. of Ireland