Gain Credit for KidWind Project

Gain Credit for KidWind Project

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Leah Baum started this petition to Education Department RWU
The sophomore class of Elementary Education at Roger Williams has been participating in the Kidwind project which is a grant we received. The Kidwind project is composed of multiple group projects in which we are to design five lesson plans for a fourth grade classroom we are assigned to. The project is about creating wind turbines. The lesson plans are as follows; energy, wind, turbines, blades, and then the students create their turbines using the kits and their own materials for blades. The lesson plans range from 3-5 pages each. Each lesson is due on Tuesday night. We also have to then revise and compile a concise unit lesson plan after taking into account the revisions from both the science and the engineering professors.  The lesson is then taught to ~24 students on Friday morning or afternoon and we only have an hour to get everything done with the students. The lessons take from 4 to 8 hours to make and we also work with engineer students. Teams range from 5-8 RWU students per group. The sophomore education students have not been taught this material prior to creating the lessons. So, the engineers are teaching us while we are to teach 9 year olds. The engineers do not always know what the material is and sometimes learned the concepts the week after our lesson was due. There have been group issues in almost every team. Professors have had to get involved in teams because of conflict. The project is on top of the regular schedule of each course this affects (Fluid Mechanics and ,Teaching Science for Elementary Students, and Probability and Statistics). Often times, the engineers have had to leave early from the field. This leaves the education students alone to teach material we are not well versed in. RWU students are expected to get to the placement early, stay for an hour of teaching, get all of the information taught to the students, and make it to whatever activity or class following the field. The scheduled time for the classes that this project is meant for does not reflect the travel time. The school does not provide transportation to the schools which results in broke college students spending their own money on gas to get to and from the field After the five lessons, we have a celebration that requires our attendance on a Friday all day from ~9-1:30 unless otherwise excused. Then we must also create an expansive poster to convey everything that we have done on an additionally added unknown date.  That includes all of the objectives, methods, results, and conclusions that came from the group.  Lastly, there is a group essay that we are to complete.

The sophomore elementary education students at Roger Williams are asking for at least one credit towards graduation. We believe that we deserve this reward for the amount of work and time that this project has taken up.

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My personal experience of this project has been full of ups and downs. In the beginning my team enjoyed meeting engineer students and becoming friends with them. We loved working together and were excited to teach students on Fridays. Shortly after the second lesson plan, things started to fall apart. Groups became stressed and overwhelmed which led to increased hostility within teams. Tensions were high. My team went from excelling together to having an intervention after hours with our professor which took about two and a half hours. Due to the expectations of this project, I have had to drop and postpone responsibilities of my personal life and academically in other classes. Therefore, since we can confidently concur that this project has mentally strained our entire graduating class of Elementary Education here at Roger Williams, we believe we deserve at least one extra credit towards graduation. Thank you.
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