Chess Changing Lives

Chess Changing Lives


WINGFIELD CHESS TEAM AND HOW
THEY ARE MAKING THEIR SCHOOL
PROUD.>>EVERY DECEMBER JPS HIGH
SCHOOLS HAVE RETESTING FOR
STUDENTS WHO DIDN’T PASS STATE
TESTS. DURING THAT TIME STUDENTS WHO
DID PASS SPEND HOURS AT A TIME
IN ONE CLASSROOM.>>YOU TRY TO TEACH THEM MATH
BUT AFTER A WHILE THEY KIND OF
BURN OUT. ONE DAY I JUST SAID, OK, HEY. WHO KNOWS HOW TO PLAY CHESS?>>IT TURNS OUT SEVERAL
STUDENTS WERE PLAYING CHESS. BUT IT WAS ON THEIR COMPUTERS
AND SMART PHONES WHERE THE
BOARDS WERE ALREADY SET UP AND
THE SPACES AVAILABLE TO MOVE TO
LIGHT UP FOR THE PLAYER.>>OK. SO THE COMPUTER GAVE YOU THE
ANSWER BUT YOU NEVER LEARNED
THE PROCESS IS THAT WHAT I’M
HEARING? FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER I HAD A
REAL WORLD EXAMPLE OF WHY
COMMON CORE CURRICULUM IS SO
IMPORTANT BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T
KNOW THE PROCESS OF PLAYING
CHESS. YOU WERE JUST GIVEN THE ANSWER.>>IT’S ALL YOU’RE GETTING.>>FROM THAT DAY IN CLASS MORE
AND MORE STUDENTS WANTED TO
PLAY.>>QUEEN ME.>>QUEEN YOU?>>SO I GUESS I’M PLAYING A
CHESS GAME AND I BECAME
INTERESTED IN IT.>>NOT TOO LONG AFTER A CHESS
TEAM WAS CREATED.>>YES. STOP PLAYING.>>WE WENT FROM COMPETITION TO
COMPETITION EVER SO SLIGHTLY
GETTING A LITTLE BIT BETTER.>>THIS IS ONE OF THE
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL. ANYTHING THAT BRINGS A POSITIVE
LIGHT TO US WE TRY TO PROMOTE
AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.>>IT’S A BATTLE OF WITS
TESTING MY INTELLIGENCE AGAINST
THEIRS.>>IS CHESS TEAM HAS ABOUT A
YEAR OF EXPERIENCE NOW AND ARE
LOOKING FOR MORE COMPETITIONS
TO ATTEND. THEY ARE FINDING OUT IT IS MUCH
MORE THAN PLAYING A GAME.>>CHESS FORCES YOU TO THINK
BEFORE YOU MOVE.>>IT KEEPS YOU OUT OF TROUBLE.>>YOU’RE ALWAYS PREOCCUPIED
WITH SOMETHING, ALWAYS
BETTERING YOURSELF.>>CHESS HAS MANY ACADEMIC
BENEFITS BUT HAS ALSO BECOME A
WAY FOR THE STUDENTS TO BECOME
INVOLVED IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND
INSPIRE YOUNGER KIDS.>>TWICE A WEEK WE WOULD HOP IN
A VAN AND WE WOULD GO ACROSS
TOWN TO OPERATION SHOE STRING
AND START TEACHING SOME OF
THESE THIRD, FOURTH, AND FIFTH
GRADERS HOW TO PLAY CHESS.>>RIGHT NOW THERE ARE 10 CHESS
TEAM MEMBERS TRYING TO RAISE
ENOUGH MONEY TO COMPETE AT THE
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN MARCH. LAST YEAR THEY PLACED SEVENTH
AND ARE HOPING TO BREAK INTO
THE TOP FIVE THIS YEAR.>>LOOK AT THIS. LOOK.>>IN JACK

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