I got through my first writing of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and my first IEP conference in which I was the lead teacher. Thank goodness for friends, a great special education department, and IEP Anywhere for helping me get the job done.
As a regular classroom teacher I never had to write an IEP, only contribute my knowledge of the child. As a special education teacher I not only have to determine goals for my students, but also gather the necessary information from teachers, parents, specialists, therapists, etc. and compile the information into an education plan that will most benefit the student. I then have to implement the plan and track the progress my students are making.
I believe that with the first one behind me, I am now armed with the knowledge to do the rest of my IEPs with ease and lots of planning!