Writing an effective Individualized Education Plan can be quite challenging. It takes time to get to know student’s strengths and weaknesses. It also involves acquiring and interpreting data in a strategic and effective way. Throughout my coursework, I have had the opportunity to write several IEPs for students based on narratives. This experience has provided me with a great wealth of knowledge when it comes to writing these critical documents. As stated in my teaching philosophy, I consider IEPs to be an invaluable document that is integral to each child’s learning in a special education classroom. As a teacher, I am very fortunate to have and also create these documents. My understanding of IEPs has also been supported through my experience in the classroom. As stated in standard #15, while working in both an early education setting and also during my student teaching, I had the opportunity to attend various IEP meetings and work with students to achieve the goals that were on their corresponding IEPs. I take great pride in my students and also myself as an educator when students accomplish their IEP goals and beyond. It is critical to have the ability to write an effective IEP and also know how to carefully follow along with these documents to ensure that students are getting the most out of their services and accommodations.
For an example of my best practice, I chose an IEP that was written for one of my classes. This IEP was based on a narrative that was provided by the teacher of my course. The IEP covers multiple sections of the report and was configured after reading the results of various tests and narratives about the child. After writing several of these documents and also analyzing the IEPs of children in my own classrooms, I feel like I am well prepared to construct these documents in an effective and sensitive manner.