Holds a degree in Linguistics and Literature from the Universidad de la Sabana, has formation in Teaching for Understanding and Cultures of Thinking (FUNDACIES, Universidad del Rosario), and in Cognitive Modifiability (San Pio X Madrid).
Woman International Chess Master FIDE (World Chess Federation), 9 times Colombian champion, champion of Central America and the Caribbean, played at six World Olympiads and two World Championships.
Author of the book "Juega el maestro y ganan los niños" (The Master plays and the Children Win) and of "Ajedrez en el aula" (Chess in the Classroom) method which includes 8 booklets for students, guides for teachers as well as multiple pedagogical resources. It is pedagogically based on Teaching for Understanding and Multiple Intelligences. Her method is implemented in Spanish and Colombian schools as well as in the Miami area.
She received the award "Maestra Ilustre" (Outstanding Teacher) in the education awards of the Fundación Compartir in Colombia with her proposal "Ajedrez en el aula de preescolar" (Chess in the Preschool Classroom).
She is currently the director of the TALENTO and OSITO PARDO kindergartens in Bogotá where she leads the implementation of Teaching for Understanding and Visible Thinking. She also directs the TALENTO Chess School.
How to develop children's thinking through chess
A boardwith black and white squares and 32 pieces is one of the best mental fitness excercises for children and adults. Through chess, we can extend the attention span of students and improve their ability to concentrate. Chess can be used to teach, how to calculate, display, solve problems, make decisions and stimulate creative, abstract and logical thinking. A chess game can also become the ideal space to promote respect, responsibility, tolerance, courtesy and learning to win and lose in a dignified way.
This is an opportunity teachers must not miss :using chess as a resource to develop thinking and promote mental abilities and cultivate values.
HOW DOES THE BRAIN OF A CHESS PLAYER FUNCTION ?
The chess players are blindfolded (without seeing the board); they face 25 opponents at once and then remember all the moves ; they can make two moves per second in rapid games; analyze and make many decisions in a mental struggle that can last six hours without losing concentration; can calculate 10 or 15 games , constantly they create strategies , tactics and discover new ideas. How do they achieve that? How do children acquire these skills? Adriana Salazar and Leontxo Garcia, internationally renowned experts will explain with practical demonstrations and scientific arguments. The conference attendees will see how the brain of a chess player works.