Introduction to Chess in Education

Chess in Education focuses on chess as an educational tool. Whether as a curriculum subject with its own school time or as a transversal and interdisciplinary tool with chess integrated into other curricular subjects, chess is used to engage and equip students with academic and 21st Century skills.

Since it connects to any area of the curriculum, chess serves as a means to create student interest, differentiate for complexity, and encourage critical thinking in and beyond the classroom.

Implementations and pedagogical approaches vary, but they typically involve at least one of the following:

Connecting chess to an area of the education curriculum, allowing teachers to engage student interest, differentiate for complexity, and encourage critical thinking in and beyond the classroom.
A focus on developing skills that are transferable from chess to other domains like math, literature, science, and engineering. Customized chess training that emphasizes the development of executive functions in children is one example.

For a short video example of a CIE lesson, see “Teach Critical Thinking with Chess
on the Chess in Schools website.