Many students struggle with math practices, which are apart of the common core. Students, across grade level spans, are asked to persevere in solving problems and communicate about their problem solving (in addition to critiquing the reasoning of others). This presents a challenge for many students who struggle with completing problems and explaining their thoughts. While many teachers are improving their teaching techniques to move away from teaching students to plug in algorithms, students still struggle with how to demonstrate their knowledge. Having students play a game of chess can make improvements. During chess play, students are encouraged to talk over their strategies with neighbors or even their opponent. Then, post game play, students write down their strategies and how they thought about their game. This provides students with practice persevering with a problem as well as explaining their reasoning. Playing chess is engaging and creates avenues for practicing the practices!
Idea No. 461