IEPs by Dr. Seuss — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

IEPs by Dr. Seuss

by CC


Sorry, this has been a LONG, LONG week and the best I have to offer is someone else’s creative genius.

As you may know, Dr. Seuss would have celebrated his birthday this week. So in his honor I give you a Seussically inspired poem.

Do you like these 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, or 3
Another change
A brand new box
I think we all
Have lost our rocks.

Could you all meet here or there?

We could not all meet here or there.
We cannot all fit anywhere.
Not in a room
Not in the hall
There seems to be no space at all.

Would you, could you meet again?

I cannot meet again next week
No lunch, no prep
Please hear me speak.
No, not at dusk. No, not at dawn
at 5 pm 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.


I almost like these IEPs
I think I’ll write 6003.
And I will practice day and night
Until they say
“You’ve got it right!”

author Unknown (nope, not me!)
poem found here

CC is a Speech-Language Pathologist and mother of 2. She can be found most days at her personal blog: If Only I Had Super Powers.

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1 Connor's Mom March 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm

We’re in the middle of our first IEP, and so this post made me chuckle. Thanks!


2 jollyholly March 7, 2009 at 2:23 pm

LOL! I’ve had 5 years of IEPs I hated; we just changed schools and the new school wrote an entirely new IEP…and it’s fantastic! So there is hope, it is possible!

I do, I DO like our IEP! 🙂

3 Eric Hegwer March 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm

That’s why my wife is a hospital based SLP

4 arizaphale March 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm

I’m a special ed teacher in the mainstream and I have heard IEPs called ‘Irritating Extra Paperwork’! I however am a great fan if they contain SMART targets: Short, Measurable, Achievable,Relevant, Timed.

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