Blooming with chess

Sean Hampton-Cole

Sean teaches Geography, Computers and Chess at a liberal private school in Johannesburg. He is interested in creating a more child-centered learning environment. He is involved in staff professional development, school debating and is a big fan of Sir Ken Robinson.

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The ancient game is an incredibly useful tool for teaching children about their own thinking. For a teacher, chess is one of the most remarkable tools for teaching students about Bloom’s taxonomy of cognitive skills.

1. Remembering: How the pieces move, how to set up a board, how many squares there are, what en passant means, how to castle, remembering the rules and etiquette of chess, remembering how to notate.

2. Understanding: How to best deploy pieces in the opening, how to anticipate an opponent’s moves, how to combine pieces to build an attack.

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