ACCIDENT FREE NAIF KABALAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BEIT J'AN, ISRAELLife Skills
LEARNING GOAL & PURPOSE
In this remarkable story from Naif Kabalan Elementary School, Israel, these young superheroes have taught us a deep sense of responsibility and ownership towards issues that universally affect us all, but that most of us turn a blind eye to. They showed us that positive impact can be created by anyone and everyone and that you do not have to wait to be grown adults to drive a change.
Instead of being bystanders of life, the students identified an opportunity of change in their surroundings. Traffic congestion outside was endangering safety, and these dynamic children took notice and decided to take charge. They put their critical thinking skills to use and created a system that made a safe passage to school for all children.
Share a personal story from the traffic in your area; the following story is a suggestion:
The road outside my house has a footpath for people to walk on. But, during rush hours, I noticed some motorbikes whizzing past through walking school kids on the footpath in order to escape traffic. I saw so many people pass by on foot and in vehicles, and no one said or did anything. So, then I thought, I will ask my superheroes about it in class. Maybe you all can help me with this. But, before that, I have a video to show you. So, let us look at it, first!
DFC Video Activity:
Play the video BTC2014 Israel: Accident-Free (http://bit.ly/2g3hibz)
Activity: Share your ideas!
Activity (Divide and Rule):
Ask the students if they can take the responsibility to find solutions since no one else was taking ownership to ensure road safety near ‘your’ house.
When they agree, ask them to suggest solutions for the traffic problem. List at least 4 good ones. Some suggested answers are:
Divide the students into 4 groups. Assign each group one part of the solution to work on the details. Each group gets to work out everything from planning to executing of what they think they will need – if they need slogan banners what will they write on it; if they need to post traffic rules, what will they be; if they go the traffic station, what will they tell the policemen, if they need funds, how will they generate it; etc.
At the end of the activity, every group can get a chance to present their work to the entire class.
Teacher Tip: Encourage each group to ask you, their set of probing questions to understand more specific details about the traffic problem near ‘your’ house and thus, create more fitting solutions.
Closing the Loop and Assessment:
Emphasize the idea that: Do not wait for other people to make changes for you; if it is something that you can go out and do yourself, do it because ‘YOU CAN’. Do not ignore things because responsibility is not only about what you do but it is also about what you do not do.
At the close of the session, ask the students to think, pair, share about 1-2 actions they would do differently after this lesson.
Ask the students to complete the following self-reflection using the following rating scale:
1 = Not Yet, 2 = Need Support, 3 = Making efforts, 4 = Almost a habit, 5 = I CAN
Suggested activity: Identify a ‘problem area’ around your school. What are the 2-3 most important actions that you will carry to correct that problem area?