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Monday, September 15, 2008

My I.E.P.

I guess I would say it was a successful weekend. Funny that I have to think that way, as if my days are one big checklist of tasks and goals. My life’s IEP. Here’s what it would look like, if I had one:

Description of student: “Susan is a fairly bright, pleasant person with a strong sense of justice and aesthetics. Strengths are in parenting, writing, physical activity, and an ability to cut through the “bullshit.” Weak points are in modulating her emotions, organization, self-anesthetizing through food and other undesirables, and obsessing.”

Long-term goals, or where would you like to see the student 5 years from now? “Susan should be more adept at managing mood swings, creating and maintaining structures that help her stay organized, utilizing healthy outlets for tolerating difficult feelings. She will have let two of her sons grow up and move out of the house, while guiding the youngest towards same. She should be utilizing her writing ability to earn more money and continue the perspicacity, running, bellydancing, and cycling without popping knees or wrenching hips. A haircut would be nice.”

How will you effect those goals?

1) Organization a): Get Mr. Ned to go to Staples and pick out adequate binders, paper clips, highlighters, pens, etc., for teaching job. Use said binders 80% of the time.
Organization b): Purchase only one more amazing costume for dancing in. Try to sell other ill-fitting cossies on E-bay or Bhuz.
2) Moods, emotional a): Stay in touch with whatever doctors or professionals or friends or family members help with the mood thing. Call people back 80% of the time, check e-mail 80% less.
Moods, b): Attend Najmat’s class regularly for maintenance of belly, mood, and confidence.
3) Physical Maintenance: Do leg weights three times a week to strengthen areas around knees. Stretch before and after dance, riding, running.
4) Children and love: a) Continue to bring Nat home Fridays and return him to House at designated date, crying only half of the way home, 80% of the time.
b) Praise and encourage Max and Ben to do things with Nat, such as baking.
c) Let Max move his room to the third floor
d) Get Ben piano lessons, continue the swim classes
e) Let Ned talk at least 20% of the time.

I accept the plan and placement as presented.__________________________________


I love it! I might just write my own I.E.P. Even better, I won’t have to get anyone from the district to sign it.

I really enjoy your blog. Your students are lucky, indeed.

— added by Julie on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm

What a great exercise for us all to do! Susie

— added by Anonymous on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 8:05 pm

I love it Susan! I can’t even imagine how long my IEP would be.

— added by Bonnie on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Thanks, guys. Actually, my real IEP would also be much, much longer. So much a person has to work on in this life!

Bonnie — I forgot to call!! That’s a short-term goal. 🙂

— added by Susan Senator on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Hi Susan,
My knees used to pop too and get swollen with water when I biked every day back in 2002.I hope putting the black stratocaster around your neck and cranking some Claptin is on your list too. : )

— added by Anonymous on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Great life application of the zooiness our kids have to endure…having other people set goals for them and pass them out all over the county. Way better than New Year’s resolutions…I actually want one too. Who should I invite to form my IEP team?!

— added by Andrea on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 11:44 am

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