Driver education syllabus
Attendance: Illinois state law requires that each student receive 30 hours of classroom instruction in Driver Education. Students are allowed to miss one class period during the fall semester, and two class periods during the spring semester. The state does not differentiate between excused and un excused absences for the purposes of driver education. If the student fails the class, they cannot be enrolled in the course for one full calendar year. Students will be given two opportunities to pass the classroom portion of the driver education at New Berlin High School. In the event the student does not pass the classroom portion twice, the student must pursue driver education through a private source. Any student who receives an A or B in the class is eligible to take the driving test with a certified instructor.
Excessive absences will require a student to repeat the course. Students are
responsible for arranging make-up time and completing any work missed due to absences. Failure to turn in make-up work within the designated time will result in no credit for the assignment. Work will only be accepted for excused absences, in the allowed time stated by the school handbook.
Behavior: Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Irresponsible or immature students who are
unable to act appropriately will be removed from the class. Students who fail to complete classroom assignments in a satisfactory manner will not be allowed to continue behind-the-wheel instruction.
Instruction Permit: Students will be given the appropriate forms and information necessary to obtain their instruction permits as soon as the Rules of the Road booklet is covered in class and the State of Illinois written exam is passed. Students may begin driving with their parents as soon as an instruction permit has been issued to them. Behind-the-Wheel instruction will begin at the end of the classroom phase and students will be scheduled for instruction according to their birthdates. Driving will be done with Mr. Binkley and myself.
- Assessing and Managing Risk
- Signs and Roadway Markings
- Rules of the Road
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Getting to know the car/Maintenance
- Basic Driving Skills
Stay alive, don't drink and drive.
TSWBAT demonstrate an understanding of the physical, social, and financial effects of alcohol use while operating a motor vehicle.
TSWBAT compare and contrast the dangers of intoxicated and distracted driving.
TSWBAT understand the laws associated with driving under the influence of alcohol, and distracted driving
Bell Ringer: What is the legal limit for alcohol consumption for a minor in the state of Illinois? For driving? Why is this number set where it is?
• Review content from previous lesson: alcohol’s physiological, psychological and social effects on a person
• Small group discussion: other dangers a person can experience while driving
• Whole group discussion
• Independent writing: Which do you feel is a greater danger to an individual: impaired driving or distracted driving?
• Small group activity: Venn Diagram: Students will compare and contrast the risks of drinking and driving versus texting and driving.
• Whole group
• Video on distracted driving
• Thinking questions during the video:
1. You riding in a car with a friend, and they take their phone out of their pocket while driving and start scrolling through the phone, not texting, but distracted. How would you respond?
2. You are driving with your little brother, and your significant other keeps texting you; how would you deal with this situation?
3. How would you respond if you sent a text to a friend, and that text distracted them causing them to crash the car, killing themselves and their passenger.
4. You were texting and driving, write your own obituary.
In your own words what do you think is more dangerous: texting while driving or driving while under the influence of drugs/alcohol
Alcohol and distracted driving quiz
Mr. Stevenson presentation from Secretary of State