I am giving tutoring to a high school student since more than one year and half. He is about 17 years old. He has excellent results in mathematics, being best student in his class for the last year and half and he would finally understand every concept I want to teach up to now.
His parents told me the first time we met that they'd like me to teach math, maybe in a more recreational way than school, even though it is up to me to decide.
It has been several days I'm wondering myself if it is appropriate to play Chess with him. I like chess since a long time, I know it has a lot of relations with the mathematics, with the logic, many applications in computer science, game theory and so on. So would it be appropriate playing chess with him?
During the one hour and half I spend teaching to him every week, I was thinking of proposing him a 15 minutes per player game. Maybe proposing him to start 15 minutes before the end of his lesson and possibly allowing the game to last after his lesson, which is find for me because I like playing chess and I like spending time doing mathematics with him.
The cons I see in this idea is that Chess could be seen as a game and will not directly help him pursue his excellent grades in mathematics. Another con is that, although I like playing Chess, I'm not living thanks to it, nor playing at an excellent level. I only have 1500 elo. So maybe it is not so good playing with me for a student learning Chess?
I think when I was younger and went to optionnal math classes, I would have loved playing Chess with one of my math teacher but that logically didn't happen.
Finally, I did try something similar last week, spending the last 15 minutes of the class showing him the very first LaTeX commands. He told me he liked it!