A teacher’s first year in the classroom is a challenge like no other. There’s lesson planning, classroom management, grading and what seems like a billion other responsibilities all rolled into one. Then one day early in the year, a sealed envelope labeled CONFIDENTIAL arrives in your inbox. No, this folder is not an invitation to join a spy mission, but students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).
For first year teachers, IEPs can be some of the most confusing documents he or she reads. There’s also the complicated task of implementing IEPs in the classroom. To help first-year teachers, this article covers IEP basics, implementing IEPs, and essentials to keep in mind throughout the year.