In our city there is a problem situation - kids often cross road at a red light or do it in wrong places. Based on this, we had identified the main problem: how can we raise awareness of children in the field of traffic rules?
So, because of that, we had determined our target - increase awareness between pupils of our school. We had chosen fifth grades from our school and had decided to conduct a series of lessons for them on traffic matters.
Children often take example from adults, whose, in turn, can not always behave properly. Therefore, if we inform school children about main traffic rules and tell them about possible aftermath of wrong behavior on the road, they will clear about how to act on the road and stay safe and sound.
We are determined that the objects of the research are the road rules, and the subject – raising awareness of children with traffic rules.
In fact, there was a tragic incident in history of our school - one of the students was hit by a car. It was in 2014. That boy was only in the 6th grade. It was terrible because he could not walk properly for months.
This issue really attracted us, so we found the statistics of road accidents in Russia with children under 16 years for 2018 in the Internet to make sure of topic’s relevance. There were 19930 incidents, which is 1.8% higher than in 2017.
We decided to conduct tests to monitor the level of knowledge of students in the field of traffic rules. As we reached audience of 36 students, we needed to easily find out the level of knowledge before our cognitive activities. So we used the Google Form service and created a test that consist of 10 questions about road rules. The advantage of this service is automatic scoring and statistics. In result, we get 21 answers with the average score of 5.95 out of 12, without any completely right work. It means that kids quite badly know traffic rules.
Taking these facts into account, we had understood the problem is real. So, we have to solve it!
As for the chosen method of work, we realized that we have to make the process of obtaining information as user-friendly as possible for different personality types. Thus, conducting exceptionally different educational conversations would be a bad idea. This way, we have chosen a game lesson with lots of different activities. We have chosen games of all sorts in order to:
- certainly pique interest of students to this topic;
- to provide materials in the most understandable and convenient form for each type of person (auditory, visual, kinesthetic and mixed).
So we intended to make a discussion of different issues on the subject of traffic rules; quizzes, analysis and discussion of images with errors of behavior of pedestrians and drivers on the roads; tests on knowledge of traffic rules and so on. From this, we formulated a hypothesis: if we conduct a lesson with a large number of gaming activities, the material will be absorbed by children much better.
Drawing attention to the method of conducting lessons by teachers in our school, we came to the conclusion that children are more interested in the process if they work in groups. In addition, at the end of our work, we decided to encourage the excellent work of the team with sweet prizes. So we have identified the most effective way to conduct our classes with the fifth grade.
On top of that, we were going to put up informative visual materials over the school to make sure that the children understood the lesson. Also, this materials Also, these materials are seen not only fifth-graders, but the whole school. Thus, we were able to touch on the subject of the rules of the road for all students of the school. If the provided information is constantly in the kids' mind, it will definitely be stored in the long-term memory.
The creativity of our method lies in making interesting games that immediately turns students into process of learning new information about traffic rules. Realizing all our responsibility to our event, we understood that we need to do all the work by ourselves. That is why our project is completely original.
Honestly, after the event we formed a positive impression about our students from the fifth form. In addition, the children's feedback about our lesson was almost only positive, and they were delighted with our interaction. We had a full understanding with most of the students and almost every child was interested in the process. Also we received special respect from their teachers.
After the event we needed to know if our test group enriches their knowledge of traffic rules. Re-testing in Google Forms showed an increase in the average score to 7.16 out of 10. In addition, there were 3 works that got the maximum scores.
Also we notice that now children in our school less often play mobile games between lessons and pay attention to our posters. Also few pupils make comments about others’ wrong behavior on the road.
Thus, our hypothesis about the effectiveness of the game lesson with different types of activities received practical confirmation.
So, conducting an analysis of our work done, we concluded that we have achieved our goal. But this does not mean that our work will end there. In the future, we plan to conduct monitoring of children's knowledge in the field of Traffic rules. We want to contribute to the organization various events with competitions for knowing the rules.
This small victory is only the beginning of a long journey.