It’s time to announce our March Tutor of the Month. With schools closed, March was a month like no other. Chess at Three is proud to announce that we’ve taught hundreds of virtual chess and music lessons in March. This is thanks to wonderful teachers like… Danielle! Danielle taught online lessons with students all over the country this month and that’s why she’s our March Virtual Tutor of the Month. Here’s a little more about Danielle.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Gilroy, CA, the garlic capital of the world.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite book has to be The Brutal Language of Love by Alicia Erian. It’s a phenomenal collection of fictional shorts that explores love in all forms.
What is your favorite Chess at Three Story?
My favorite Chess at Three story is probably Crazy Chess – mostly because it’s my favorite game to play with the children.
What is your favorite teaching moment?
One of the best moments I’ve had with a student was watching a child I’ve been with since Lesson 1 almost beat me in a full chess game. It was amazing to see the progress this student had made right before my eyes. It was incredibly rewarding and made me a VERY proud tutor.
How are virtual lessons going?
I’m really enjoying online lessons so far. In my face-to-face lessons I use coloring, stickers, stuffed animals, Chessercises etc. to keep children engaged, so I was a little worried about how the lack of those props and games would translate to online lessons. To my surprise, I realized I have so many new tools that I can use to keep lessons fun and captivating! With Zoom, screen mirroring is a huge advantage and there are so many options on Lichess to keep games interesting. It’s also great to see a child’s reaction when my little stuffed animals make cameo appearances on the webcam. Overall, online chess lessons have completely exceeded my expectations!
What makes you a great teacher?
I think what makes me a great tutor is that I dedicate 5-10 minutes of every lesson to checking in with the child. I ask them questions about their day/life/hobbies/favorite things and really listen to what they have to say while we color. It’s a great way to bond and create an environment for the child that is stress-free and warm. It also helps me understand the student more and really key into their learning style. My favorite part of the lesson for sure!
Thanks, Danielle, we’re lucky to have you!