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Traffic Education: Curriculum Guide and Instructional Resources

 

Administration

This folder contains the Curriculum Standards and Benchmarks as well as the Essential Knowledge and Skills. These are the foundations from which these instructional materials have been built. Included in this folder are curriculum maps and other resources designed to aid in the planning of a Montana driver education program. A quick review of these documents will provide an over-arching framework to understand how the material is structured and integrated.

Contained in this folder are also the “Standards/Requirements/Procedures for High School Driver Education Programs.” This document provides the standards for design of a program including teacher requirements, vehicle requirements, and class and Behind-the-Wheel requirements. Suggestions on designing a program are also provided.

Traffic Education: Curriculum Guide and Instructional Resources

 

How to Use

Using the Montana Teen Driver Education and Training Curriculum

Administration Folder

This folder contains the Curriculum Standards and Benchmarks as well as the Essential Knowledge and Skills. These are the foundations from which these instructional materials have been built. Included in this folder are curriculum maps and other resources designed to aid in the planning of a Montana driver education program. A quick review of these documents will provide an over-arching framework to understand how the material is structured and integrated.

Contained in this folder are also the “Standards/Requirements/Procedures for High School Driver Education Programs.” This document provides the standards for design of a program including teacher requirements, vehicle requirements, and class and Behind-the-Wheel requirements. Suggestions on designing a program are also provided.

Module Folders

Each folder contains all the prepared resources for teaching a particular module, including: Lesson Plans, PowerPoint lecture slides, Fact Sheets, Worksheets, student activities called Physical Equivalent Practice or PEPs. Additional information on these module items is provided below

Lesson Plans:  The Lesson Plans are designed to be printed out and personalized by each teacher. Even pages (left side) contain the lesson content, and, except for the title page, odd pages (right side) contain the corresponding PowerPoint slides and space for the teacher to enter the related textbook pages, names of AV resources, student activities and other information the teacher would like to include. When printing out the lesson plans and placing into a notebook, keep this format in mind to ensure the corresponding pages face each other.

There is a lesson plan for each module and it is typically the first file in the module folder, with the file name beginning “Mx  A LP…” (with x being the number of the module). For additional illustrated information on using the lesson plans, open the file titled “How to Use the Lesson Plans” located in the “Administration” folder.

PowerPoint/PDF:  Each lesson includes one or more PowerPoint lecture presentation that follows the lesson plan. The PowerPoint can also be printed out as a color (most attractive) or black/white transparency. Each PowerPoint is available online as a PDF file and in GIF format. The GIF images are located in the separate GIF folder. GIF and PDF files are useful for making transparencies if the user does not have PowerPoint software.

PowerPoint presentations available on the Curriculum CD's can be modified to meet the individual circumstances of each community. Photos of the community’s traffic and streets can replace general photos, and so on. Additional slides can be added and slides can be removed to tailor the lecture to the class’s needs. The state does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy of modified PowerPoint presentations or other documents.

Fact Sheets:  Detailed information is given in the Fact Sheets. They may be useful for teachers to review as lessons are prepared. They are also suitable as handouts to students

Worksheets:  Student worksheets are included for each module.

Quizzes/Tests:  The test files are not available in the online curriculum. Quizzes and tests include answer keys and are only available on the Curriculum CD's. A test bank of questions linked to each Essential Knowledge and Skill can be used to develop individual tests.

Student Activities, or PEPs:  PEPs are student activities that simulate the Physical Equivalent Practice of a related driving activity. Use of PEPs allows the teacher to teach in-vehicle skills during classroom time. Effective use of PEPs in the classroom will save valuable time in the vehicle and allow the teacher and student to skip from teaching and learning a driving skill to demonstrating a driving skill when the student begins behind-the-wheel instruction

In-Car:  In-car lesson plans along with the classroom Scope and Sequence show approximate times for lessons. The in-car lessons are designed for 30 minute lessons but can be modified as needed for the planned routes

Montana Curriculum Files:  This folder contains a list of all files contained in each module and resource folder.

GIFs Folder:  This folder contains a graphic image of all PowerPoint slides found in the 20 modules These files can be used to make overhead transparencies if PowerPoint is not available to the instructor.

Video Clip Folder:  This folder contains miscellaneous supplemental video clips that may be useful to the traffic education teacher. It is the responsibility of the teacher to determine the appropriateness of a video for the class. Some of the clips are copyrighted and used by permission. Disaggregated use and duplication for other purposes is prohibited without permission from the owners.

Traffic Education: Curriculum Guide and Instructional Resources

 

Acknowledgements

Many people contributed to the original development and refinement of this document. The Driver Education Unit, Office of Public Instruction, expresses sincere thanks to all those who assisted or made available resources that helped guide the Driver Education Unit in identifying the high standards that are reflected in this curriculum.

Special thanks to:

The Montana Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office, for their financial support in developing this curriculum.

The Idaho Department of Education, for the use of their Driver Education Essential Knowledge and Skills from which this document was derived.

Rich Hanson, for his work on the 2012 Montana TE Curriculum update. He is an adjunct instructor for Western Oregon University’s Traffic Safety Education program. Rich has been a driver education instructor since 2002 and has been highly involved in developing quality driver education programs throughout Oregon and North Dakota.

Elizabeth Weaver Shepard, for adapting a portion of the Idaho curriculum and for writing the remainder of the 2006 TE curriculum for the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Traffic Education Programs, Division of Health Enhancement and Safety.

The American Driver Traffic Safety Education Association, for the Traffic Safety Education Life Long Learning Process Classroom and In-car Content, Segment I, and the Driver Education Classroom and In-car Curriculum and the Skills Log

Fred Mottola, National Institute for Driver Behavior, for Zone Control and other ground-breaking approaches to driver risk management.

Montana State University – Northern, for academic and financial support in developing the curriculum;

Montana Traffic Education Association, for their support and assistance in developing materials,field testing, and communicating with traffic education teachers.

Virginia Department of Education in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles,for their Curriculum and Administrative Guide for Driver Education in Virginia.

Texas Education Agency, Texas department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation,for their Texas Driver Education Classroom and In-Car Instruction Model Curriculum.

Members of Montana Standards and Curriculum Committees

  • Pamela Buckman
  • Mel Burchard
  • Susan Carney
  • James Carroll
  • Michael Clayton
  • Debbie Cottonware
  • Dennis Davenport
  • Christian Frank
  • Earl Furlong
  • Al Goke
  • Terry Grant
  • Mike Harris
  • David Huff
  • Harold Lair
  • Michael Lawson
  • Ken Leighton-Boster
  • Nancy Lunday
  • James McGrane
  • Patrick McJannet
  • Jeff Mead
  • Fran Penner-Ray
  • Dan Purcell
  • Robert Schalk
  • Cynthia Sologub
  • Jennifer Stuebing-Verbanac
  • Kristine Thatcher
  • Jan Thomson
  • Mitch Tuttle