28 April, 2006

Meeting the tutors(1): Harry Poulton


Hi everyone. I met some of you at the ‘Chess in Schools’ launch. A central component of the program is, working within the VELS framework, to bring the schools into the community and the community into the schools, and to build that connection around a creative learning process. The program includes the Schools, the Community House, and the Castlemaine Chess Club. The Community House and the Chess Club are furnishing the tutoring teams, and helping with the research component of the program which focuses on Maths and Metacognition.

We are focusing on how students strategize for successful learning outcomes, and to see if we can build resilience through chess, and if/how this impacts in Maths learning.

Just to let you know a little bit about myself I have recently completed education studies at Monash University and I am looking forward to working as a Humanities teacher, although this year I have decided to commit to building the chess program. I have worked in the building industry, undertaken post grad study, and extensive travel abroad.

I was raised in a chess family where chess was a regular feature. I was one of six children and four of my siblings were boys. You might think our poor sister was in need of rescuing, well, she went onto have five boys of her own, all of whom are thriving, and some are excellent chess players. We spent many weekends huddled around the chess board in my fathers study and some of my siblings went onto to become school champions and captains of the school chess teams.

Research, experience and observation have led me to believe that chess is an excellent pedagogical tool which improves concentration, impulse control and accountability, cultivates good sportspersonship and social interaction.

The ‘Chess in Schools’ program is a challenging opportunity and we are all committed to building a vibrant chess culture through out the Mt Alexander Cluster.

8 comments:

Leanne Preece Junior Campus Principal CSC said...

It is great to see more and more students and teachers becoming interested in chess at the Junior Campus of Castlemaine Secondary College thanks to Harry. Come lunchtime, students will be lined up ready to match their talents with each other or with a growing number of staff who are also enthusiasts. Whilst the trend has been for more boys to be involved we are beginning to see girls also take up the challenge. Thankyou Harry for your time and your patience.

cj said...

It might be interesting to see what other bloggers "out there" are using chess in schools for these purposes. Do you know about Technorati?

cj said...

Have a look at Artichoke's blog. There is a utility there that maps the location of folk who read the blog. Easy to add to this blog.

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jonathan said...

my name is jonathan and harry teaches my school i go to chewton ps and i love chess. chess helps with my eye cordonation and its lots of fun

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