Learning How to Drive
As the third quarter is quickly approaching its end, so is the Drivers Education Class for the JROTC 10th grade students. Throughout the quarter, students have been working towards discovering what the driving experience is all about by unpacking the connections between consequences and responsibilities that are created on the interactions of systems used. Students first examined the systems used for basic car control, including the instrument panel, basic vehicle maneuvers, emergency procedures, and the various driving conditions. Students gained this knowledge and demonstrated it by producing car interior design posters, using Hot Wheels and iPad Applications to “drive” their learning, and created mini presentations to share information with other classmates.
Students then investigated how interactions effect responsible decision making in terms of defensive driving, how to deal with seat belts, alcohol and drugs, sharing the road with other drivers, adverse weather conditions, buying / insuring / and maintaining a vehicle, and developing a proper attitude toward driving. Students shared personal stories, looking at stories of others who are impacted by a DUI crash, creating Public Service Announcements in regards to distracted driving, reacting out a Field Sobriety Test, and giving presentations to classmates. Finally, the students made connections between Illinois Rules of the Road to develop an understanding and knowledge on how to become a safe and proactive driver. So the next time you are driving, remember that there will be a new, fresh group of 10th Grade JROTC Clemente students sharing the same road!