Kevin Cripe - "The Learning Spiral: A New Way to Teach and Study Chess" (K-5629)

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Will memorizing a mountain of related chess positions help you to learn? Have you spent untold time studying a chess idea and then found that you can’t remember it in a game? Education research, says Kevin Cripe, has found that optimal learning is based largely on the structure of problem sets and your brain’s ability to understand similarities and differences.

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Language versionsEnglish
Author / AuthorsKevin Cripe
PublisherMongoose Press
Publication date1st edition 2019
Pages510
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PaperbackYes
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In The Learning Spiral, the author contends that you will actually absorb the game’s concepts faster with seemingly random but carefully selected puzzles than with traditional, step-by-step teaching techniques. The key is that this is closer to real-life chess play, where nobody tells you the “theme” of the position in front of you. 

With twenty-five years’ experience getting underprivileged kids to achieve beyond all expectations, Cripe now takes his holistic instructional methods to the chess arena. Designed for both chess novices and their coaches, The Learning Spiral sets out the theory, explains how it works, and then applies it with more than 400 positions for the student to solve. 

So go ahead, analyze, differentiate and improve quickly!

An elementary-school teacher and chess coach in Modesto, California, Kevin Cripe is building a long-term chess instruction program in Central America.

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    Kevin Cripe - "The Learning Spiral: A New Way to Teach and Study Chess" (K-5629)

    Kevin Cripe - "The Learning Spiral: A New Way to Teach and Study Chess" (K-5629)

    Will memorizing a mountain of related chess positions help you to learn? Have you spent untold time studying a chess idea and then found that you can’t remember it in a game? Education research, says Kevin Cripe, has found that optimal learning is based largely on the structure of problem sets and your brain’s ability to understand similarities and differences.

    Foreword by Dr. John Hattie, University of Melbourne 5
    Note to Students, Teachers, and Parents 9
    Introduction 11
    Watching Children Learn 15
    Chapter 1: The Pieces and How They Move 27
    Chapter 2: Checkmate or Stalemate 78
    Chapter 3: Pins and Skewers 88
    Chapter 4: Knight Moves and Back-rank Problems 106
    Chapter 5: Deflections and Promotions 123
    Chapter 6: Games to Learn From 140
    Chapter 7: Endgame Tactics and Smashing the Kingside 166
    Chapter 8: Evaluation, Basic Endgames, and Stems 201
    Chapter 9: The Active King 225
    Chapter 10: Some Ideas from Grandmaster Games 236
    Chapter 11: Practice Thinking 262
    Glossary 492

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