teachers, to NFPA's Risk Watch Web site! As students' primary link to Risk
Watch, you play a vital role in making the program a success. We have all
the information and resources you need to do just that.
All About Risk Watch
Before you can teach Risk Watch to your students, you first need to
know what the program is all about. If you're new to Risk Watch and want
to learn more about the program, check out "About Risk
Watch", or visit our FAQ section. You'll find a
wealth of information about the comprehensive injury prevention program, including
how and why it was developed by NFPA, what it works to achieve, and how it can
make a life-saving difference for your students and their families.
| Risk Watch is worth
your classroom time! In a nutshell, here's why:
- Unintentional injuries are the leading killer of kids ages 14 and under.
- Risk Watch targets the eight areas kids are at greatest risk to injury.
- Risk Watch dovetails core subject
areas you're already required to teach.
- Independent evaluations show that Risk
Watch is truly impacting children's safety knowledge.
- NFPA has documented actual incidents in which
kids applied Risk Watch lessons to real-life situations and saved themselves
and/or family members as a result.
Approval From the Top
Once you know Risk Watch is a worthwhile program for you and your students,
you'll likely need to convince your school administrators of the same before moving
ahead. After working with local safety advocates and teachers across North America,
we're highly familiar with some of the obstacles you might face. Here are some
ways to work through these issues:
- Time - Your schedule is packed, and your principal might feel that
you don't have any extra hours in the day to address safety issues. However, Risk
Watch lessons are not merely "add-ons." They can be used to meet learning
objectives in mandated subject areas, while teaching critical life safety issues.
NFPA has correlated Risk Watch lessons
with the health and language arts learning objectives required by virtually every
state and Canadian province. Other teachers' lesson plans can give you even more
great ideas for combining Risk Watch lessons with core subject area requirements.
- Outside Support - You're not a safety expert. To best teach students
about Risk Watch's injury prevention issues, you'll need help from the
appropriate community safety advocates. Find out who in your area can bring "real-life"
information and perspectives on specific safety issues by reviewing the "State
by State Resources" Section. It lists Risk Watch contacts in your state
who can help you get the proper assistance.
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