||Volume 18, Number 2, October 2005
A joint project of:
BCTF Research, Special Education Association
Learning Assistance Teachers’ Association
ESL Provincial Specialist Association
The three words Individual Education Plan (IEP) strike fear in the lives of support teachers and classroom teachers. The program needs of students on IEPs are unique; they take time to develop, thus requiring collaboration (meetings) and adapted or modified materials or teaching strategies. The resource inventory on the Teaching to Diversity web site has a variety of places to assist you. Is the term IEP new to you? Check the resource inventory documentation section for more information on what they are and for sample templates. Are you the person who writes the IEPs? Check the resource inventory under the documentation heading or under resources—collaboration/ teamwork. Are you the classroom teacher who has to implement what the IEP suggests? Refer to the resources section under adaptations, modifications, and strategies sections.
Here’s a lighthearted look at IEPs from the LD Online web site www.ldonline.org:
Dr. Seuss on IEPs
I do not like these IEPs
I do not like them, Jeeze Louise!
We test, we check,
We plan, we meet,
But nothing ever seems complete.
Would you, could you like the form?
I do not like the form I see,
Not page 1, not 2 not 3
A brand new box,
I think we all
Have lost our rocks,
Could we all meet here or there?
We cannot all fit anywhere.
Not in a room, not in a hall,
there seems to be no space at all.
Could you, could you meet again?
I cannot meet again next week.
No lunch, no prop,
Please hear me speak.
No, not at dusk. No, not at dawn.
At 4:00 p.m., I should be gone.
Could you hear while all speak out?
Would you write the words they spout?
I could not hear, I would not write,
This does not need to be a fight.
Sign here, date there,
Mark this, check that,
Beware the students ad-vo-cat(e)
You do not like them,
So you say
Try again! Try again!
And you may
If you will let me be,
I will try again, You will see
Say! I almost like these IEPs
I think I’ll write 6,003
And I will practice day and night
until they say
You got it right.
– Author unknown
BC Projects is a new section of the Teaching to Diversity web site. It features projects that involve B.C. teachers who are looking to support inclusion in various ways. The section currently features collaborations involving the BCTF, local teacher associations, and the school districts of Coquitlam, Nanaimo, and Prince George.