I have been running the chess club at the local high school, which I graduated from 40 years ago. As part of it, I have been giving free lessons.
I have had several problems, and I am looking for suggestions on how to overcome them.
- There are very different levels of strength. We had a core group, but recently, an entire sports team started showing up. They decided to stay, and play, while they wait for their practice to start. They are much weaker than the rest, but they still enjoy it. Interest in the lessons within this group is mixed.
- Some kids miss meetings, so when they come back, they have missed a lesson. If this were an actual academic class, I could have them make it up, but that does not work so well when you are trying to keep it fun. That said, they get behind, and I don't want to move on without them.
- New kids show up, and have missed everything.
- Lastly, the time is limited to about 1:45 each Friday.
I have some ideas, but I thought I would get some from you before I mention them. The core group really has some interest, and have been enjoying learning more about the game. We might like to eventually form a team.