Journaling TTRPGs have been becoming more popular and offer a plethora of opportunities for solo-gaming, developing writing skills, introspection, fostering journaling habits, and more. However, not everyone sees themselves as a writer, and, when playing these TTRPGs with young kids, not everyone can write yet. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try though! In this article, I breakdown ways to use journaling games at any skill level (even if players can’t write yet) and show how they can benefit players at any stage in developing these powerful skills.
ArithMagine is a TTRPG system, made to pair with Stories RPG, for practicing numeracy skills! It’s a fun ruleset for playing with math in a dynamic and creative way that connects with the story that you make together. It’s also easy to fit into a class or school program with its rules-lite set up and flexibility to fit with any adventure.
Let’s Roll is a guide for librarians to introduce youth tabletop RPG groups in their communities and schools! This book is written by a librarian for librarians and explains everything from how to propose a program to what TTRPGs you should try with your group to how to run your first game. Check it out for tips, case study examples, and more!
Teacher-Gamer Handbook is a guide for educators to learn the ins and outs of effectively running a tabletop RPG class! This book covers class outlines and activities, detailed explanations of the skills kids learn through TTRPGs, tips for addressing common concern points, and SO much more! As a teacher-gamer who uses TTRPG elements in the class that I teach, I loved getting to check this out, and I hope you do too!
This list contains scholarly resources (journal publications, books, conference proceedings, etc) that discuss using tabletop RPGs for education.
As an engineer and engineering professor, I know how critical problem solving skills are for work, students, and just life in general…. and tabletop RPGs are a great way to hone and practice those skills in a very fun way that fosters a positive outlook when faced with a challenge! Read on for a discussion on problem solving skills, a fun example about a dragon lair heist, and how TTRPGs apply can help develop these skills through practice!
Almost as often as I see people talk about the benefits of using tabletop RPGs to teach, I see people talking about how difficult it is to get it approved for classroom use. This article goes over how I was able to get some TTRPG elements approved for my class and gives ideas to help you submit a successful proposal to your administration.
I wrote a TTRPG series to be used with a whole class of pre-K kids AND use RPG elements in the college engineering class that I teach – this article covers my methods for both (they are actually really similar) so you have some easy first steps to try when considering using TTRPGs in your classrooms.
I got to sit down with Garrett to talk about how he uses TTRPGs in the classroom to teach Gilgamesh and about the awesome Two25Games tools that are helping students (and everyone else) to build amazing worlds and stories!
Check out the recap of my time at SXSW EDU 2023! There’s event pics, a link to the SXSW page with our panel audio, EDU TTRPG resources, and some next steps for TTRPGs based on what I’ve learned from the convention!