During the winter months our incredibly brilliant P.E. teachers started an early morning intramural class. The kids showed up in droves. The parents dropped them off at school a bit early and they ran down to the gym to join their friends and get a little exercise and have fun before school.
So I got to thinkin'... during those times when the intramural class is not in session that I could start a Chess Club. There are a few logistical components to sift out but all in all it seems like a completely doable project to dive into.
There's plenty of research that clearly shows the benefits of teaching and playing chess. Here are a few bullet points.
- problem solving skills
- cognitive development
- critical thinking
- creative thinking
- self esteem
The benefits go on and on.