FIDE, through its Trainers’ Commission, will conduct three (3) workshops for 15 facilitators (including two from the girls chess club) to effectively teach the 1,600 children in 40 schools to play chess.
Each workshop will be held on a weekend, 12 hours each, for a total of 36 hours, via Zoom.
Workshop 1 will introduce the instructional methodology, and walk through the facilitators with custom made material for a beginners – start to play chess – course based on eight (8) lessons of between 1-2 hours each, incorporating a continuous feedback loop with questions and answers, together with practice of real life scenarios.
Workshop 2 will be conducted no later than one month after the start of the teaching in schools by the facilitators, and besides the teaching of additional beginner lessons, as appropriate, will focus on the challenges faced, and to develop solutions.
Workshop 3 will be held as a Special FIDE Trainer Seminar which awards both international instructor titles and certificates of proficiency.
The objective is to prepare the facilitators for this work by providing not only the tools but also the methods needed for application in the local context, then to support their work with an ongoing mentorship, and finally to extend the teaching into a study and practice environment post beginners.
FIRST WORKSHOP 14-15 AUGUST 2021
1000 -1100 INTRODUCTIONS
1100 -1115 BREAK
1115-1300 HOW TO TEACH THE BEGINNERS COURSE PART 1
1400-1545 HOW TO TEACH THE BEGINNERS COURSE PART 2
1600-1700 FACILITATOR FEEDBACK
1000-1300 PRACTICAL SESSION ON STUDENT PARTICIPATION
1400-1600 TYPICAL TEACHING CHALLENGES AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
1615-1700 Q&A AND SUMMARY
Participants will need to be able to access ZOOM via individual computers or on shared screens, each have a chess set and pen and paper. They will also receive a copy of all lessons together with a teaching guide and student handouts, after all feedback at the workshop is incorporated. The school children will each be given a student manual courtesy of the All Indian Chess Federation.
Keith Martin M.Ed is the lead Instructor for the first workshop. Board member and chairperson of the Disabled and Accessibility Committee of the Southern California Chess Federation, Secretary and Board member of the Riverside Youth Chess Association, Chess Club founder and current trainer at Lake Arrowhead Elementary School, Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School, and Rim High School, Public School Educator for 32 years and Chess Trainer for 39 years.
Other members (and co-lecturers) are:
IM Vishal Sareen. FIDE Senior Trainer and India’s first professional chess trainer. Currently leading the India Chess in Schools Project, helping organise training material on how to play from scratch, and has worked on social projects including the training blind chess players and teach chess to marginalised children from lowest income groups. Captain & Trainer Indian teams for two decades, many Grandmasters including former world junior champion and five times commonwealth champion Abhijeet Gupta.
GM Dejan Bojkov. FIDE Senior Trainer since 2012, holds Bachelor degree in Sports/Chess, and Master degree in Sports Psychology, and has more than twenty years of experience in teaching all age groups. Former coach of the ex Woman World Champion A. Stefanova, current coach of the New Zealand national team, has also worked with the national youth teams of India and Philippines, and conducted seminars and camps in Europe, Oceania, USA, and Africa.
Jayne Wanbugu. National Instructor and Woman Candidate Master who was a long time Kenyan National Team Member, participating in five World Chess Olympiads. Brings crucial experience of working with Kakuma chess players (refugees and host community), and supporting training and equipment.
Peter Long. FIDE Trainer and Secretary of the FIDE Trainers’ Commission, Instructor for Chess as a Curriculum Subject at the Technical Institute for Teacher Training and Chief Arbiter for ASEAN Para Games. Many times Captain & Trainer of National Teams, working with great success in developing young chess talent since 1984.