OAK HILL - Educators from across the state discuss how to properly instruct new drivers.
The 65th Annual state wide Driver Education Association Conference invited driving instructors and drivers ed. teachers to an open meeting. Officials from the Department of Motor Vehicles, as well as teachers, brainstorm how to make the program better and the roads safer. West Virginia law states that this type of education must be provided for teenagers of driving age at no cost to them. Some areas of the state have out-sourced this task to private companies, but county school boards have implemented teachings right into the classroom. President of the SDEA, Jason Blankenship, said this type of conference benefits the teachers, but more-so, the new drivers.
“Sometimes, as teachers, you kind of get into a routine...teach the same ways. So, to get new ideas, new lesson plans, things like that really helps in the classroom because these kids learn differently so doing the same thing over and over is not good and these teachers have great ideas. I've learned a lot of things at these conferences the past 3 years," said Blankenship.
The remainder of the Drivers Education Annual Conference will wrap up on Friday and teachers said they hope to return to their schools with an improved curriculum.