I had been struggling with how to use the "curriculum engine" created for Clark County School District with the format that my school has been using. In a conversation with my new principal, she said, "Well of course, IEP's should drive your instruction!." For three of my students, that is evident. But a complication is that I have a couple of other students who are reading at or near grade level, and unusual thing in my primarily Hispanic, low income school. I want to be sure we are giving them the tools they need in order to go to college, even a junior college.
When I wrote about my pleasure at my principal's response to my dilemma on Facebook, a Facebook friend posed the quandry she finds herself in. In an effort to address her issues, I have written an article on writing for the self-contained classroom. I'll see how long this template lasts. The most important characteristic of a good special educator is flexibility, so if it turns out to be more onerous than I though, I'll let you know and modify it. Hopefully it will offer those of you struggling with the same quandry some ideas.