Thursday, September 6, 2012

IEP at a Glance - Middle School Version

This year, one of my personal goals is to stay organized.  This requires a LOT of effort on my part (as any of my former collegues or roommates can tell you) - I am just not naturally organized.  I think part of the reason is I have an excellent memory, and so I can usually remember who, what, when and where without too much effort.  However, things do slip through the cracks and I'm noticing that as I get older (gasp!) I'm having trouble keeping everything straight without having it written down.  So, I've resolved to change my unorganized ways (especially since I'm always preaching to my students how important it is to be organized - I think it's time to stop being a hypocrite)! At least, I've resolved to do this at school - home will just have to wait a little bit.

One thing I have done in an effort to be more organized is made a student binder with information on all of my students.  I know this sounds like teaching 101, and I had something like this in VA (a data binder with information on all of my kiddos) but last year I started off two weeks in and thought I wouldn't need one or that I would get to it later or something (not sure what I was thinking last year).  Anyways, I have a big ole binder with a student info sheet, the parent info sheet, and (this is what I'm super excited about - and going to share with you today) an IEP at a glance sheet. 

I don't like the format of the IEPs out here - it may be because I got used to the way they were in VA, but really the problem is you have to read the entire document to get the gist - there is no sum it up page.  Earlier in the summer I found an example of one I liked on pintrest (from The Teacher Tattles), but when I printed it off and went to start filling it in I realized while it was awesome, it was really suited to elementary school and didn't fit my needs.  So I made one!



I think it's really cute, and it's perfect for my classroom.  If you would like to download a copy, just click here! This is a link to a PDF because I couldn't figure out how to link it to a word document without screwing up the formatting - if you would like a word document of this just leave a comment with your email and I'll send it to you.

 I might adjust the list of accommodations each year based on the needs of my students, but I think this will work well for me this year, and fits middle school better.  The only thing I wish I did differently is the font - I would really like to start downloading and using some different fonts, but my school computer wouldn't let me, and my laptop is running so slow now anyways, I feel like I shouldn't tempt fate.

What are some tricks you use to keep organized? 

~Brittany~

11 comments:

  1. This is great! I would very much appreciate if you sent me a Word version, my address is lastellanera AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Hello!

      I can e-mail you a copy as soon as my belongings arrive from Japan (silly me packed my USB with all of our household goods and the military takes forever getting them over here). I am not 100% sure when they will show up, but I will email it to you as soon as I can!

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  2. Hi! I really like your document and I was hoping you could email me as well... my email adress is jessica dot schaffer at morgan dot k12 dot co dot us. Thank you very much!

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  3. I would also love to have a copy. This is my first year with 2 ITT classes and 3 reg. ed with 14 Ell's
    each... My memory is also fading a bit..And with Common Core I need to organize too. Email Ilene000@aol.com Happy to pay, just let me know

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  4. If you don't want to wait, just download Adobe's free PDF Reader: http://get.adobe.com/reader/ :)

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  6. I would also love a copy, my email address is teresa123u@gmail.com

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  7. I just found this and it is perfect for my needs as a Middle School Behavior Therapist. I would love an editable copy to use for all the students that I work with. Thanks :)
    smiller.friedman@gmail.com

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  8. Could you please e-mail this to me? Thank you! MrsAmandaBKlein@gmail.com

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  9. I would love a copy. tammychris7@gmail.com

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~Brittany~