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ONLINE: Chess for Social Skills

ONLINE: Chess for Social Skills

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:

  • “I was surprised how much fun it was and I had never played chess before!” 
  • “Game of chess broken down into simplified steps.”
  • “It is a super resource for teaching problem solving and enhancing critical thinking.”
  • “Chess demystified!”
  • “Part of school self-evaluation steps for problem-solving.”
  • “It’s considered a ‘game for intellectuals’ but really its a level-playing field for all students to interact socially”.

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.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ask any questions of the course or go to https://ficheall.ie/cpd-courses-for-teachers/ for more information.

Teachers who attend the full 20-hour summer course will qualify for 3 extra Personal vacation days

A LINK will be emailed to all registrants in advance of the summer course.

PLEASE NOTE -Access to a basic (Free) Zoom account is required to attend this summer course. If you do not have an account yet, please register for one in advance of the meeting/webinar to avoid any delay joining the session.

Disclaimer:

Please note that no recordings will be shared with participants. Slides will be shared if the presenter is agreeable to this. Please only register for our webinars if you have an internet download speed greater than 6MB. Speed test your internet prior to registering. If you lose your internet connection during the webinar this doesn’t warrant a refund (if applicable).  There are strictly no refunds from two weeks prior to the course start date. All refunds prior to this will be less an administration fee of €10. The Zoom link for the first day of the course will be sent to participants 24 hours before the course start date. Do not share your join link as you will be unable to join if you do so.  

Course Details

Course Date 01-07-2021 9:30 am
Course End Date 07-07-2021 2:00 pm
Registration Start Date 18-05-2021 4:00 pm
Capacity 14
Registered 1
Cut off date 18-06-2021 4:00 pm
Individual Price €50.00
Speaker Fionnuala Knox
Select Hours 20
Location ONLINE (via ZOOM)

Eircode - X91 XD98

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