How Can D&D and Beyond the Movie Guide Caregivers in the Classroom?
Dungeons & Dragons provides an ideal environment to foster interdisciplinary learning. Students in grades 8 through 12 have a place to play and socialize with peers, creating an intimate learning environment that allows students to fully immerse themselves in the fictional world. As described in the D&D Beyond the Movie video on how to use D&D to achieve diverse goals, the game comes with numerous tools to help students create activities that bring together ideas in different disciplines. Educators can utilize Game Room guidelines to apply these skills in their own classroom setting.
All game rooms in public schools are now equipped with Game Room guidelines, so students can anticipate the constraints of playing. During most lessons, for example, students can talk to each other without the guidance of D&D manuals. For example, students can invite other students to ask one another the questions they have been assigned in class and to answer the others’ questions with the rules of the game. This allows for group discussions to deepen learning.
In-School Classroom Resources
In-school classes can leverage in-game lessons for almost any activity. Rather than focusing solely on reading, writing, and math, they can explore deep topics in-game, allowing a wide range of students to join in. For example, teachers can teach about Greek mythology or explain the grammatical structure of grammar, as long as it fits the storyline in the game.
In elementary school, D&D could help student improve writing skills. In the garden section of Towne, players might choose the professions of Growers or Foodsters or a Live Pot–Picker. The class could discuss, “How do you choose your occupation?” There are an infinite number of “questions” a student could ask their friends in D&D. The questions could be anything to make learning easy for children.
Students from elementary to high school can collaborate in D&D to explore concepts from every angle. As Ramesh Daliagam and MaryBeth Dorian write in their blog, “The past can be encountered over many months of playing; the future over only one day.” Students can see the value of performing tasks that occur in other disciplines, such as learning about taxonomy as they explore kitchen resources.
Finally, students can build on classroom habits with D&D. By working with their classmates, students may hone their values, pursue hobbies outside of school, and resolve conflicts in class. By joining in games, they learn what it means to be part of a team and to open up to others, in a safe environment. This prepares students for college and career aspirations in different disciplines.
Game Room Guidelines