what does it look like in your classroom? Do you follow the IEP/504 exactly, doing what it says and only that? Do you change your methods and style for the whole class or just a handful of students? Do you do as the sped teachers request even if the requests aren't mentioned directly on the IEP? If an IEP mandate interferes with the learning of other students, do you address the issue? I still struggle with the "needs of one outweighing the needs of many" issue that sometimes comes into play with IEPs and requests from the sped dept. For instance, I am very sarcastic by nature. Not mean-sarcastic, mind you. I'm always playful with it and I have found that it really helps build rapport with students. No one is the butt of any joke or anything. I also use tons of analogies during lecture. I try to approach more difficult lessons from as many angles as I can and analogies help with that. I have twice been asked by sped teachers to refrain from using analogies or joking around while I have their students in my classroom. These particular students were not able to "get" what I was saying and do better with linear, concrete facts. Not only is this totally against my style would be almost impossible for me to change for a singular class period, I feel that it pulls away from what the other students get. The non-sped students deserve to be challenged and engaged. I have also been asked to turn off all classroom lights during lecture (via PPT) so some sped students can see the board and/or focus better. Dark rooms make my eyes strain and give me headaches. I even watch tv with a lamp on at home, much to my family's dismay. Despite that, when the lights go completely down, so do the heads of many of my students. Other students have eye strain issues like I do too. Behavior issues arise. When I walk by or into other teachers' rooms that are completely dark I find at least two students sleeping. They aren't getting much out of the lecture! An easy fix for the latter scenario is to simply give the students black and white copies of the ppt slides. Makes sense to me but it still ruffled some feathers in the sped dept. Thankfully neither of these suggestions were formalized in IEPs. I honestly don't know how things would play out if they were. I'm very fortunate in that the sped chairs at my schools have been awesome and really consider all of the students in a room when reviewing IEPs.