We, as a group of SCIS 11th grade students, decided to work on common misbehaviors on the roads. We identified the common misbehaviors and designed lesson plans and developed teaching materials to teach responsible behaviors to local school students.
We discussed risky behaviors on the roads in Shanghai, as well as knowledge relating to road safety. After the survey, students understood that teenagers lack basic road safety knowledge and often display risky behaviors on the street, such as using cell phones while crossing roads, opening the car door without checking the traffic, and not fastening their seat belt in the car. We worked together on the survey, analyzed the survey results and developed teaching materials and used them for teaching. Group members did different parts of the project based on their skills, by meeting once a week to monitor and evaluate the progress. Risky behaviors are a common problem in Shanghai, and they are the main causes of casualties, because people don’t have sufficient knowledge about traffic rules.
We developed different types of teaching materials (such as brochures, videos, posters and sign boards, etc.) to teach local Chinese school students as well as our students.
Through the initiatives, we aim to transmit the following messages:
1) Don’t use cell phone while crossing the street.
2) Watch carefully for bicycle riders and other vehicles before opening the car door.
3) You must fasten your seat belt when in the car.
We targeted groups of students between 7 to 14 years old. We used teaching materials, games, videos and posters to teach the local students. We also chose posters and brochures to teach our school students, and we also developed a website to share the findings and knowledge with the public. Local school students are able to demonstrate responsible road behavior during role-play. Our students received feedback from local school teachers saying that their students are becoming more aware of road safety. Our school bus monitors and teachers have observed that students have less seat-belt issues.