Hello, one of my many jobs in the real world is teaching elementary and middle school students the joy of chess. This blog is for some assistance in teaching my students with some friendly input. Please, keep this serious and not include CN drama. I believe Chess is a great and amazing game that really does help some students preform better and even assists students with certain mental and social issues become more integrated.
So, I have been in this program (based in Chicago, however I work in Wisconsin schools) Chess Scholars for almost a year now (11months to be exact) and this session will be my first session with middle school students. So anyone who is an avid player of chess or simply knows the game pretty well your help would be greatly appreciated. So without further procrastination here is my first question!
#1. For middle school students at a beginner & intermediate level what would you suggest is a good opening for both black and white (please state the top 3. if possible even give some reason why) I have my own ideas but would love to receive some outside perspective.
EDIT: for the 3 white openings please if possible show 3 black opening which defend against the white openings.