26. oktober 2019 - 10:00
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ECU School Chess Teacher Training Course - Uppsala | Gamla Torget | lördag, 26. oktober 2019

The ECU School Chess Teacher training course comprises two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The focus of the course is on how to teach chess. The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children.
The ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate is available to those who complete the course and pass an online test taken at the end of the course. The Certificate is endorsed by the European Chess Union (ECU) to recognise that the individual has an adequate level of chess knowledge and is familiar with didactical methods for the classroom.
The course is innovative in content and delivery and was developed in the ECU after a review of best practice in Europe. Attendees give very positive feedback on the course. Over 450 teachers and tutors have attended the course in the last year.
The course helps you to build up your teaching skills in chess so as to improve the general educational attainment of children. You can showcase this qualification on your CV and LinkedIn profile. The course qualifies towards Continuing Professional Development and is recognised across Europe by virtue of being accredited by the European Chess Union.

Day 1
09:30 Arrival and refreshments
10.00 Course starts

Benefits of Chess
Educational context
ECU Survey
Playing and Learning
Classroom Lessons
History and Language 
Teaching the Pieces
Code of behaviour
Chess thinking
SMART Didactic Model
Method of questioning

17:00 End of first day
Day 2
10.00 Course starts

Chess in Sweden
Checkmate concept and patterns
Resolving disputes
Social chess
Tests and certificates

17.00 Course ends
Jesper Hall is the course leader.  Jesper is an International Master.  He is director of junior chess in Sweden and Chairman of the Education Commission of the European Chess Union.
1) Attendees are expected to be able to play chess to a basic level.
2) The online test requires that the candidate brings a digital device.
The exact venue in Uppsala is to be confirmed.
Lunch and coffee included.

European Chess Union
The European Chess Union is the representative body for 54 national chess federations in Europe and neighbouring regions. Members of the ECU include the English Chess Federation, Scottish Chess, the Welsh Chess Union and the Irish Chess Union. The Education Commission of the ECU promotes chess as a pedagogic tool to develop the social and intellectual skills of children. The Education Commission was established in 2014 to lead the development of Chess in Schools across Europe. It launched a School Chess Teacher Certificate scheme to recognise school teachers who have the knowledge and ability to teach chess in the classroom.
The ECU School Chess Teacher training course was designed by the leading chess educationists in Europe and is validated by the ECU Advisory Board which is an international academic panel with experts in disciplines from cognitive science and psychology to statistics and pedagogy. The certification was developed following the Declaration by the European Parliament on 15th March 2012 that Chess in Schools should be encouraged for educational purposes.

Why is there a maximum number of attendees?
We want to ensure that everybody who attends receives the optimum learning experience and the maximum interaction with the course tutors. Hence we restrict the number of attendees to 24.
Is the course suitable for someone who is not a teacher?
The course is suitable if you are a chess tutor who wants to improve your knowledge of teaching.
What level of chess are attendees expected to have?
A basic level of chess knowledge is required. Being able to quickly apprehend checkmate is a useful benchmark.
Is the course suitable for primary schools or secondary schools?
The course focuses on didactics rather than content. It does not distinguish between primary and secondary schools. However, whilst didactics is universal, scholastic teaching materials will be available only for primary schools.
Is the course only about chess?
No, the course deploys chess as a vehicle to teach thinking skills such as problem-solving and logical analysis. It will also show some connections between chess and mathematics.
More information
For more information about the course, please contact training@chessplus.net