Friday, August 7, 2015

IEP goals and objectives-resources

So I have been procrastinating. I am supposed to be working on my student's schedules, but decided to do this post instead. It will come one of these days, probably next week. But in the meantime, here's a post  about IEP goals and resources.

I have been a teacher for many years and have written hundreds of
IEPs, and can whip one out in a couple of hours. Still, it's not my favorite part of the job. I know my students, and know what I want to work on based on my observations, experience, assessments (both formal and informal), input from our team, and talking to parents, etc. What I sometimes struggle with is the actual language of the goal and objective, not the skill itself.

I tend to write IEPs in the afternoon, after school is over as I usually don't have the time to devote to it during the school day. I am tired, often exhausted, and my brain doesn't work right in that state. Writing has never been easy for me to begin with but it seems to really freeze up when it comes to writing the goals and objectives, especially when I am tired.

It was such a relief to find some resources to help me with this. Just seeing a goal written down in the general ball park of what I was trying to write has really helped me to fine tune  goals and objectives for some of my students, so that they are individualized.

Here are some of the resources I have found over the years: lots of goals: academic, speech, executive, social skills This resource is huge, with over 300 goals in most areas. It's also easy to navigate to the area you want. this has mostly speech goals but also has an area for social and life skill areas, as well as some language and communication goals that can be helpful. These are mostly for behavior. tons of goals in every area, another huge resources behavioral goals many goals in every area Another huge resource, covering adapted PE, Deaf/HOH, etc, as well as academic, social, life skills, etc. social skills social skills social skills social skills

I hope they are able to help you, as well


  1. once again, you have written about something I am looking for! I have searched online for these kind of sights but have had limited success, I struggle the most with the self help, social and behavior objectives, it helps to see suggestions that can be easily individualized. thank you again, Paula

    1. I have always struggled with this myself, as social skills and behavior aren't as quantifiable as math or reading. So glad they can help someone.