CHESS CLUBS

CHESS CLUB STARTED OFF AS A ONE-DAY PER WEEK EFFORT AT SOUTHPORT ELEMENTARY TO TEACH CHESS TO 5TH GRADERS DURING THEIR ELECTIVE ROTATIONS.  THE STUDENTS REACTED POSITIVELY TO THE COACHING AS WE TAUGHT THEM ABOUT SLOWING DOWN THEIR MINDS, THEIR BREATHING, AND LEARNING STRATEGY AND IF/THEN LOGIC THINKING SKILLS.  SEE THE VIDEO FROM 60 MINUTES TO LEARN FIRST-HAND WHAT CHESS CAN DO TO A GROUP OF STUDENTS AND THEIR COMMUNITY.  ONE OF THE GREATEST OUTGROWTHS OF THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN THAT SO MANY OF THE STUDENTS HAVE GONE HOME TO TEACH THEIR SIBLINGS AND/OR PARENTS, THUS SPENDING TIME IN A REFLECTIVE, QUIET ENVIRONMENT, DEVOID OF ELECTRONICS.  SOUTH BRUNSWICK MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE NOW FORMING THEIR OWN CHESS CLUBS AND WE HAVE EXPANDED THE PROGRAM AND ITS IMPACT FURTHER THAN WE COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED.

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