IEP’s According to Dr. Seuss

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Thanks to Special Education for passing along this oldie but goodie that circulates the internet at this time of year!  Could the Cat in the Hat juggle IEPs like YOU can??

Image Credit:  The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss

IEP’s According to Dr. Seuss – by:  Author Unknown

 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, not 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 a 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 here me speak.

 No, not at dusk and not at dawn.  At 4 p.m. 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 student’s ad-vo-cat(e).

You do not like them so you say

 Try it again! Try it again! and then you may.  If you let me be, I’ll try again and you will see.


I almost like these IEPs.  I think I’ll write 6,003.  And I will practice day and night.  Until they say, “You’ve got it right.”

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7 Responses to IEP’s According to Dr. Seuss

  1. Paula Schuck says:

    That is perfect! Love it.

    Who just sent an IEP back with “suggestions” on it.


  2. Trish says:

    How appropriate…I have had the pleasure of IEP’s for 6 years now…only 9 more to go…lol.

  3. I saw this poem long before the computer was so popular. Since the author is unknown, do I need to get permission to reprint? I have an old copy. Would like to include it in a book. Thanks

  4. Vanessa Shanahan says:

    Love it!!! 😉

  5. Heidi says:

    I don’t know if I would put it in a book for profit — IMO…just because we don’t know who wrote it doesn’t mean there isn’t a copyright out on it somewhere 🙁

  6. Elaine says:

    I have had the pleasure of writing IEPs for 33 years & an about to begin year 34. The changes never end! This year is no different-all new forms in AL.