DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS
Foster Creativity: Dungeons and Dragons is a role playing game in which players use their imagination to create the setting, characters, and dialogue as they go along. "DnD is a textual, story telling, world-creating experience, a great apprenticeship for a budding author," claims Jon Michaud in his New Yorker Article, Dungeons and Dragons Saved my Life. It's good for your brain like reading or story telling.
Practice Reading: DnD opens players to a world of new and advanced vocabulary including words such as “melee,” “portcullis,” “kobold,” “thaumaturge,” “paladin,” “charisma,” “halberd,” “wyvern,” “homunculus,” “scimitar,” “buckler,” “basilisk,” and “cockatrice.” Combine this with the player's manual and we're interpreting text in a way that forces comprehension in order to play.
Social Skills: DnD forces players to interact face to face, solve puzzles, compromise, and persuade their friends. In this way, students are practicing socializing for real world situations.
Math Skills: Students are basically completing word-problems throughout the game. Players are forced to make multi-step calculations using dice and reading text. Some of the operations can take up to four or five steps!
Tom has spent his life chasing the dream of earning the title of “Renaissance Man.” It is just as likely to find him playing 3rd base for Team Cirque at the local softball diamond as it is to see him roleplaying Bomar Shadowaxe, the most interesting Dwarf in the World. In his 3 decades on this planet he has earned such accolades as band geek, historian, Eagle Scout, computer nerd, graphic designer, video gamer, mountain bike instructor, dungeon master, planeswalker, master bootfitter, and web administrator. He is a firm believer that traditional education, while important, is only one piece of the puzzle to gaining the skills for a successful life both professionally and personally. What he learned through his extracurricular activities and penchant towards complicated nerdy games has been just as valuable in his adulthood as his college degree. He loves sharing these passions with others and helping them gain confidence embracing the community, and creativity that can be established when you stop worrying about being cool and simply realize that fun, is cool.
Garrett’s eleven years of classroom experience include work in both public and private schools, within five different countries, within elementary, middle, high school, and adult classrooms, and to both tech free and paperless schools. He has taken the best practices from each experience and applied them to his teaching to be the most effective tutor possible.
His path includes earning a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s of Education from the University of Maryland, teaching in public middle and high schools outside D.C., teaching and developing curriculum for an international traveling IB boarding school in Buenos Aires, Hiroshima, Boston, and Hyderabad, working as an elementary and technology teacher at Journeys School, teaching 10th Grade English for Swiss Semester and finally, to founding Teton Tutors.
Garrett believes in giving students the tools they need to support themselves. He hopes that by the time they finish his sessions they have become more independent learners.