Classroom Ideas for Driver's Edby Melissa McKean
For a teenager, getting her driver's permit can be one of the most exciting things that can happen to her. However, there is one last step she must complete to accomplish that goal: driver's education. And the classroom portion of driver's ed isn't the most exciting part of the process. Make classroom driver's ed a little more interesting with creative activities that will keep the students' attention, and help them learn something in the process.
Incorporating classic games with driver's ed is a great way to help the students process all of the information they are trying to learn in a fun way. Create different categories for driver's training, such as "4-Way Stops," "Emergency Vehicles," and "Changing Lanes." Create a board with questions varying in hardness under each category, and list them from easiest to hardest, assigning the easiest question with the lowest point amount. Word the questions in forms of answers, requiring students to answer in forms of questions. This will help them to truly understand the information no matter how it is worded, rather than simply memorizing the rules of the road.
Make large flash cards that will help the students remember the rules of driving in rain, snow, and fog. Place a vivid picture on the front of the card, using tasteful humor if possible. On the back of the card, write the answer, along with a mnemonic device that will help them remember answer. You could also use a poem that will stick in their head and help them remember the answer. For example, you could use this poem for the "Fog" flash card: "When there is nothing but fog in sight; Don't' forget to turn on your lights!"
There are online game applications that allow you to test your knowledge and reinforce the information you learn in your driver's education class. Computers can be set up in the classroom, which will allow the students to access the online games and play during free class time. Though these games won't necessarily teach them to drive, they will help the students connect some key concepts by looking at the driving activities from a different perspective. For instance, DriversEd.com has a parallel parking game that allows the students to parallel park a car from an overhead view. Though, this may not teach the students how to parallel park, it will help them discover the angles and maneuvers that work best when parking in this method.
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