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Teaching basic chess skills to students with disabilities teaches them high-level thinking skills independent critical thinking an understanding of cause and effect patience self-reliance spacial numerical administrative-directional problem solving skills classifying associating concentration sequencing analysis judgment and reasoning These skills not only apply with the game but they can put these into use on a daily bases By learning how to play chess it teaches them all these skills with out them even realizing It also teaches them more simple techniques such as hand eye coordination and simple motor skills Teaching the students simple chess skills is a fun and easier way to teach complex skills in a simple and hidden way This allows the students to grasp a concept they would not understand if you tried to teach them directly It is almost like subliminal teaching It is important that the teacher apply these skills to other academic and life areas If they do not try to apply these skills in other areas and relate it to the chess the students can not transfer the skill from one area to another The students need examples set and repetition in order to remember and apply these skills outside of the classroom It is important to teach children with disabilities things that are relevant and functional Although chess does not appear to be either of these things when you examine all the process and skills necessary to play you realize how important it can be in a childs education It is not only a good thing for children with disabilities it is a good tool for all children By asking my classmates what they thought we came to the conclusion that it is a good tool to use but it is not the only tool you can use If you can teach students to play chess it could help in preparing them for other situations
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