The new Afterschool D&D program for Dungeons & Dragons is now available

The new Afterschool D&D program for Dungeons & Dragons is now available

Wizards of the Coast has enlisted the help of a whole new set of educational handouts and items to help teach kids different ways of storytelling. Each handout has been created so that children can participate in a mini-campaign once a week, similar to any other club a school would provide for those looking for something else to do beyond regular classes.

All of this was done as the company will be releasing a new Starter Set shortly, allowing those who wish to continue beyond school to make an informed choice. Below, you may check out a Classroom Cirucilum, where information is available, as well as notes from teachers who have used it in their lesson plans and afterschool programs.

"D&D saved my life, I''ve seen it save and change the lives of others," says a Harrisburg North ELA instructor in South Dakota who founded Building Heroez. "Dungeons & Dragons is the best metacognitive tool for education that I''ve ever seen. The reading growth observed and measured in my class clearly indicates the great things D&D can do in schools. My students'' test score growth doubled once they tested."

"I''m using Dungeons & Dragons both as an extracurricular activity for children from grades 3 to 8.," said Emilie Rayner, an elementary school teacher in Ontario, Canada. "I am certain that there are a few words that should be used to describe Dungeons & Dragons to peers who had not heard of it. "I am certain that there is no other activity that will force them to read the books together," said the author. "I am not sure how I see any other activity that

"The experience of developing a [D&D] character, directing that character through adventures, and then retaliating with that character," Lizz Simpson, a Massachusetts middle school librarian, teacher, and games club advisor, said. "The rules and materials help strengthen literacy, numeracy, and even social pragmatics outside of a formal classroom setting.

D&D promotes collaboration and problem solving while promoting empathy and self-confidence in its players. In the classroom, kids learn how to be friendly or slaying the dragon that''s been stealing their food. D&D offers a variety of social, emotional, and creative opportunities for them. Children also benefit from hands-on learning by learning to be proficient in math, reading, and writing.

"A bit of patience and a set of polyhedral dice make this a class changer for young people," said antero Garcia, Stanford University Associate Professor. "We are working on new identities, developing and exploring new cultures, and creating unforgettable adventures." These kinds of activities combine academic skills and social development in ways that may just be life changing.

"D&D accelerates critical thinking and problem-solving," says Zac Clay of the D&D Club volunteer in the Bay Area. "Whether a student is interested in art, math, science, writing, or otherwise, D&D gives them the opportunity to experiment with their favorite skills while also developing new ones."

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