Course Syllabus

Schedule:

  Once driving begins classroom sessions will normally meet on Mondays and you will drive in a group of four once a week.

  The other three days you are not in class or driving you need to take the time to do your drive education  homework and projects. Late assignments will not be tolerated since you have three days, 4 extra hours, to get weekly assignments done.

 

Where to go on off days from class or driving:

  You are assigned a room to be in during the days you are not driving our in class. You must stay in that area on the days you are not driving for emergency purposes. I also must be able to find you if I need to drive on a day in place of someone else. If you are not mature and responsible enough to stay where you are supposed to be during these times that indicates to me you are not mature or responsible enough to have a license. If you are found in places where you are not assigned you may lose the privilege to be in the class or may have other consequences such as no or delayed permission to get a license.  Remember when you are not in Driver Education you should be working on driver Ed. classwork assigned to you.

 

Responsible Behavior:

  Driving is one of the most mature responsibilities you will learn in your lifetime.

  Demonstration of immature, irresponsible or rule breaking behaviors are indicators a student is not ready to receive a license. Because of this, a high level of maturity and responsibility must be demonstrated in all areas of student life in order to get permission from the teacher to get a license at the end of the semester.

  Students who break rules, laws, or policies of the community, school, town, or United States may be dropped from the course or not be given final permission from the driver education teacher to get a driver’s license.


Absences: 

Because the state of Vermont requires a certain amount of hours of driving and in class instruction, there is not an option of missing hours of class and driving hours and letting it go. If a student knows s/he is going to be absent on a certain date, s/he must arrange to switch driving days with another driver. Family vacations, planned stay-at-home days, trips to go shopping, are all examples of unexcused absences. Please schedule doctor’s/ dentist appointments on days when you do not have class or driving. (That is three days/week.) Written permission to get a driver’s license will not be issued to students with missing classes and missed state mandated hours. If a student is absent on a driving day another student may be called down to drive in her/his place. Note to students: If you get called down to drive on a day when it is not your turn, you are expected to show up and be part of that driving group for that day. Do not save work that is due in other classes as an excuse for not being able to drive.

DO NOT COME TO CLASS OR TO DRIVING SICK. The car is small and germs spread easily in that environment. Keep everyone else from getting sick by NOT coming during those times. Make up the time when you get back. There is not an option of making hours up after or before school. This must be made up by switching drivers.

 

If a classroom day is missed due to illness or other excused absences upon the first day of returning from an absence, it is the responsibility of the student to confer with the teacher to determine the work that needs to be made up. Because I do not have callbacks, after school is the only time I am available for missed classes (not driving).

 

Unexcused Absence: Parents and students must be aware that an unexcused absence may result in immediate course failure. An unexcused absence is an absence from any phase of DE where the student has not presented a valid excuse as noted in the above section or the teacher has determined the absence was not a valid excused absence. Being removed from this or any class for disciplinary measures or cutting class count as unexcused absences.

 

To Pass Driver Education students are required to meet performance standards both academically and for driving. Every performance must be met in order to ensure each student is ready to safely drive on the road alone. All assignments in driver education must be passed in to receive permission to get a license  at the end of the semester. The student must also pass the driving skills part of the class.  This is usually only possible with plenty of practice (20 hours or more) outside of class. Students should have 20 hours of practice with parents/guardians by the end of the semester.

 

1.  Tests and Quizzes count as summative assessments on what has been learned.

2.  Homework Assignments: Text book reading assignments and Projects. Permission to get a license may not be given to students with late or missing homework assignments. Students who do not hand in homework may not be able to drive in driver education. All homework must receive a grade of 80% or better. If a student does not receive an 80% on an assignment extra help can be given and the opportunity to increase the grade will provided if asked for. Homework counts as written practice of concepts learned.

3.  Driving skill and behavior. The student must be able to perform all target driving behaviors learned to minimize risk, must demonstrate knowledge of the rules of the road, and must demonstrate a high level of maturity. Driving is a very mature responsibility considering motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teenagers, killing between 5,000 and 6,000 teenagers every year for the past decade (according to the National Highway Traffic Safety  Association.)

4.  Demonstration of Personal Responsibility and Habits of Learning  (includes everything that is not a content grade participation, demonstration of learning, maturity and responsibility.)

5.  Final Classroom Exam: a cumulative written test at the end of the course

6.  Final In-Vehicle Exam: cumulative based on performance of key behavioral patterns.