Sienna M.

November 20th – January 6th (18.27 hours) –  At one point, Mrs. Roberts asked me to read part of a worksheet to the class while she stepped out of the room. However, I finished that portion of the assignment before she returned. For a second, I simply stood there, wondering what I was meant to do next; after all, I did not want to overstep my boundaries. I decided to go on and walk the students through the rest of the worksheet. At first, I was a little disoriented, as I had not expected this turn of events. By the time I felt like I was finally “getting in my groove”, Mrs. Roberts came back in and I became much more nervous about whether or not I was doing an adequate job. From this experience I learned that I need to trust myself and my ability to make decisions without guidance from my mentor.

Sometimes, I find myself confused by some of the terminology at my site. It feels embarrassing to have to ask for a definition to be repeated or simplified, so I turn to the internet when I need an extended explanation. Most often, I research acronyms that could have multiple meanings. There are various dictionaries online that were built with the diction of education in mind. For example, one incredibly comprehensive glossary can be found online through the state of Washington. It includes both acronyms and what they stand for as well as standard definitions.

Most of the time, my internet resources clear up the questions I have in mind. However, sometimes I do have to consult Mrs. Roberts to sort through conflicting information I have found. While I might not do anything specifically with the knowledge, the context is often helpful. It can help me make better decisions. Furthermore, it allows me to be more knowledgable when talking with other coworkers and to better integrate myself. Even though it’s difficult, it can be necessary to seek the help of others, rather than relying on what can be scrounged from the internet.

A few weeks ago, local residents voted on various bond measures for the community. After I saw this on the ballot, I asked Mrs. Roberts what this actually meant. Basically, a bond measure is when the citizens agree to allow the school district to use what is essentially their money for specific purposes.

January 7th – January 14th (2.67 hours) –  This past week was really more about getting back into the groove around working. On Tuesday, I spent all of my time grading papers and organizing a bin of various assignments. However, on Thursday, I did have to report my first unexpected absence. I was incredibly ill and was not able to come in. I emailed Mrs. Roberts to let her know and apologize for the inconvenience. From before I sent it to the moment before I received her response, I was worried that she was going to be upset or angry with me. This anxiety was unfounded, as she was not upset in the slightest.

Though it might be cliche, the soft skill I have improved the most through my internship is my ability to communicate. Even though I thought I was good at it before, I have learned what constitutes appropriate small-talk among coworkers and how to ask a supervisor a question. In addition, I ascertained how to offer other people your assistance without being obtrusive. I developed this skill in perhaps one of the best ways: with practice. My mentor and I did talk about how best to communicate in a variety of situations, but a variety of the study was self-driven. I can continue to improve this skill by speaking with individuals in a variety of situations over a variety of mediums.

Communication is one of the most important skills an individual can develop. It is applicable to all career fields and situations. However, with my aspirations of being a lawyer, it is especially pertinent. Your career as an attorney is often defined by how well you can communicate facts and make them serve the narrative or case theory that you are pushing. Knowing how to communicate can also help you build relationships with colleagues, an indispensable aspect of the legal field. In college, communication can help you build a rapport with your fellow students or with your professors. This soft skill is arguably the most necessary for one to be successful in any capacity.

While all subjects in school are important, some of them are where our standards are focused. These are called core academic subjects; they are the most important for promotion between grades. I came across this word while I was researching a related topic and asked Mrs. Roberts for clarification as to its definition.

January 15th – January 28th (9.76 hours) –  Last week, I got to watch as the class performed their experiment for Mesquite’s science fair. For this project, each group was asked to time how long it took for the outer coating of an M&M candy to dissolve. Watching the students get excited about the scientific method was truly inspiring. As someone who’s been in the public education system for a significant amount of time, I have always doubted the ability of teachers to truly inspire their charges. As I observed them participating, I witnessed a true curiosity in STEM develop. While they became fascinated with science, I came to the realization that being an educator means leaving a legacy on the next generation.

An acronym that I saw at a school in Sunnyside was ADA. Though it wasn’t at my internship site, I asked Mrs. Roberts what it meant and why it was so important. While this term may seem familiar, when used with regard to education, it stands for Average Daily Attendance. At Craycroft Elementary, they have this statistic up in the front office for all visitors to see.

January 29th – February 11th (4.16 hours) –  The Mesquite Science Fair happened to fall within Reflection Log 13. In my last log, I referenced the experience of watching the kids perform their experiment. However, this week I was able to actually use the data that they collected. I averaged out all of their statistics and put together the graph used to compare the two variables. While I was initially worried about meeting my deadline, it ended up being rather simple to carry out. From this, I was able to become reacquainted with Google Sheets and how to carry out operations with it. As someone who doesn’t typically use these kinds of programs, it was interesting to learn how to navigate the software.

As most everyone with an office job knows, filing is perhaps the cruelest joke that man has ever played on itself. At the beginning of my internship, I first witnessed how many papers that teachers find themselves forced to organize. To say that I was taken aback would be a gross understatement; I suppose I had thought in our so-called “digital age” that a majority of worksheets and assessments would be printed from a pdf or other document. Instead, many of the originals are kept in paper form and then copies are simply made from them. When Mrs. Roberts first showed me her filing cabinet, I was more than a little overwhelmed. She then asked for my assistance with helping these papers find their rightful storage location. To be honest, I found it to be one of the most difficult tasks that I have been assigned. Because of this, I chose to base one of my SMART goals for second semester around it. My intention is to revise Mrs. Roberts filing system and organize all of her papers with regard to it by the end of April. Obviously, the deadline has yet to pass, so I am still actively working. However, I have made significant strides toward fulfilling my objective. Because of this, I felt comfortable writing my first narrative on this goal. Completing this goal seemed incredibly straightforward at first, but quickly proved itself to be anything but. The first hurdle I encountered was in the sheer volume of items that needed to be filed. It was quite the impressive stack of papers, certainly intimidating to someone unprepared. In addition, it was often a challenge to parse out exactly what category each paper belonged in. Perhaps the most difficult barrier to overcome was my lack of motivation surrounding the situation. Honestly, filing papers is far from the most exciting thing to be done in the classroom. Fighting the impulse to simply procrastinate on the assignment was nearly impossible. When I was able to focus, I began the process by filing what papers were easily identifiable and sorted. After I reduced the stack, I began to develop a new system for the remaining documents. While I have the general parameters down, I am finishing up with more specific details. Personally, I believe that this goal has taught me a variety of life lessons. First, the value of being able to persevere. Being able to observe the way that my steady work made real, tangible progress served as an incentive to continue. On another note, filing is one of the most universal parts of the work environment. Regardless of where I am eventually employed, it can almost be guaranteed that something will need to be organized. This means that I am learning a practical skill with a direct application to my future. Without setting this goal, I probably would have failed to follow through with this task. Because I chose to hold myself accountable, I have been able to help Mrs. Roberts and acquire the grit necessary to survive in the workplace.

At Mesquite, parents are given the choice to enroll their students in the Chinese Immersion Program. This is an example of a more general vocabulary term: bilingual education. In this type of classroom, students are instructed in more than one language, typically both the one that is customary to their region and an additional foreign language.

February 12th – February 25th (8.32 hours) –  This reflection log covers the time period February 12th through February 25th; as such, it covers a holiday dreaded among many teachers: Valentine’s Day. I had the opportunity to experience just how crazy in-class events can become. One of the things I admire most about my mentor is her extreme talent for classroom management. Obviously, while we allowed the kids to celebrate, the room became significantly more relaxed (and a bit crazier). This gave me an increased appreciation of just how much effort Mrs. Roberts puts into maintaining order every day. Even though it was fun to watch the kids enjoy themselves, I definitely understand how quickly it can become more stress than it is worth.

In Arizona’s education standards, there are two kinds of “fluency”. The type that I have come across most often is reading fluency. This term means that a reader can quickly and accurately consume a text without wasting time trying to discern what it means. I came across this term while organizing a binder filled with the education standards for the 3rd Grade.

February 26th – March 11th (5.75 hours) –  One of the days I interned, I sorted a multitude of multiplication sheets. While this was uneventful, I had an opportunity to work with a student that I had not had the chance to before. She was not participating in what the rest of the class was doing; instead, she was completing an alternative assignment. To be honest, I was a little bit frightened about keeping an eye on her, given the fact that I tend to do better with groups of kids, rather than one-on-one. Even though I did not learn anything in particular, this experience just gave me confidence in my abilities. It told me that, even if I doubted it intensely, I really could succeed in one of the most basic skills needed to work in education.

One of the SMART Goals that I set was to take over running Daily Math Skills (DMS) for Mrs. Roberts by the end of this semester. DMS is a procedure run every day in the classroom in order to give students the opportunity to practice various types of math problems. They are given timed worksheets and then are graded on both their accuracy and speed. Since this is a district-wide policy, there is a standard script and system for administering the exam. I chose this goal because it seemed both attainable and challenging. For some reason, standing up in front of a classroom full of kids is infinitely more difficult than public speaking to a room full of adults. By forcing myself to face the uneasiness and anxiety surrounding instructing students, I hoped to overcome the strange phobia. This goal lacked a concrete process, rather it was more important to simply “jump into it” and attempt to work through any problems that arose along the way. Of course, nothing is as simple as it first appears. Though it is a little embarrassing to admit, the first few times I ran DMS was a complete disaster. I had little in the way of classroom management skills and struggled to get a single student to listen to any word I said. Even though I tried to employ strategies I had seen Mrs. Roberts use in the past, I suppose I lacked the force and authority behind the words to make them truly mean something. Learning to adapt those qualities had one of the steepest learning curves I have ever encountered. After all, though you can alter your voice to some extent to give a sense of those attributes, they must be earned through interacting with the students. By taking on a more active role in the classroom, I was able to establish this type of rapport with the students. Though it was one of my original intentions, I did not expect to develop confidence in myself as fast as I did. As referenced earlier, I was petrified that I was going to ruin something irreparably ( even if that lacked plausibility). Each time I administered DMS I became a little less nervous about the next time. Eventually, even the most minor feeling of dread anticipated. While these skills might not seem applicable to future careers, it remains relevant for a few different reasons. From this experience, I learned that sometimes you cannot just read about a concept enough until it stops scaring you. Instead, occasionally you must choose to do the uncomfortable thing until it stops seeming so intimidating. It also taught me the value of perseverance. Not every hurdle can be overcome by willing it away. Many need to be worn down instead. Achieving this goal seemed to be a step-by-step program at first, but quickly evolved to include unique setbacks that I had not expected at the outset. I preferred this SMART Goal to the other one I worked on, as it seems to have more real-world application than merely focusing on the filing.

One word I learned at my internship site is retention (otherwise known as a student being retained). When a student is retained, they have to repeat the entire academic year. I heard this word when I asked Mrs. Roberts what would necessitate a child being “held back”.

March 12th – March 25th (7.05 hours) –  Over spring break, I had the opportunity to go to my site while my mentor taught intersession. At first, I figured that the experience would not differ in any significant way from the average weekday. However, that assumption was completely incorrect. While I thought it would be structured like the average school day, the day was actually split into two distinct sections: language arts and math. The entire affair was much more relaxed, with kids doing much of their work independently with quiet guidance. Observing this gave me a new understanding of how some students need just a little bit of extra time or guidance in order to grasp a concept. It simply expanded my perspective on all the different ways that one can approach teaching.

One important term in public education is the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This piece of legislation altered the extent to which the federal government in involved in the school system. I learned about this term when I asked my mentor what exactly NCLB meant.

March 26th – April 8th (8.43 hours) –  It is the season for state testing across all of education. However, in the third grade, standardized testing presents particular challenges. This is the first year that students take the AZMERIT, which invites a steep learning curve on all fronts. Witnessing the students learn how to use the technology, testing procedures, and other aspects only gave me one thought: the incredible amount of time devoted to this process. It seems strange to me that teachers have so much content to cover, but they have to set aside so much instruction time to walk their students through all of this. Overall, I did not learn anything particularly revolutionary, but I did gain some insight into education as a field.

When I first applied for the internship program, one of my most defining characteristics was my propensity to obsessively stress over anything. For example, I wrote and re-wrote my application, wanting to make each word perfect. While it might seem counter-intuitive, over the year I have learned to “loosen up” a bit. It has come to my attention that it is simply impossible to set such an unachievable standard for every single assignment. In addition, I have puzzled out that I am pretty good at time management. The deadlines throughout the year never felt like they added any stress to my routine. Before this year, I thought that I would drown when I was given projects to plan by my employer. However, if my current abilities hold true, I think I will be able to handle them.

My first piece of advice for the incoming juniors is to be incredibly careful when planning their schedules for the year. I found it really helpful to keep track of how many hours I was going to be earning a week; it made it easy to tell whether or not I was going to meet the requirements throughout the semester. I would also urge them to become comfortable with their mentor quickly. If you are too scared to ask for questions or advice, you’ll never learn anything – no matter how many hours you spend at your site. Finally, I would highly recommend spacing out your hours as much as possible. It makes it easier to write two-week recaps for reflection logs when you actually have recent experiences to pull from.

An extremely relevant term I learned at my site was “Arizona Teaching Certificate”. This term came up in conversation when I asked Mrs. Roberts what one needed to be able to teach. Basically, this phrase refers to the requirements that individuals must meet in order to teach (including a bachelor’s degree and a teacher preparation program).

April 9th – April 22nd (2.9 hours) –  Over this two week period, I only reported to my internship site once. Testing season is just now wrapping up, which was preventing me for interning. On Thursday, I got to observe the kids attempt to decompress from days of standardized testing. The day was more activity oriented, clearly intended to let the students blow off some steam. While I am sure I have commented on this in the past, it still astounds me that kids this young are forced to complete state examinations. When Mrs. Roberts told me that the preceding days had been completely silent, I was shocked. Honestly, I do not think that I could have conformed to the rules of AZMerit at their age. It simply seemed like both an unfair and an unrealistic expectation to put upon them.

At Mesquite Elementary, the Chinese Immersion Program is actually an example of a specific type of bilingual education: dual language. This means that the students are taught equally in both their mother tongue and the target language. I learned this term while researching the nuances between the two terms. I then asked my mentor for clarification on the differences.

July 20th – August 13th (34.01 hours) – Recently, I ran the procedure for Daily Math Skills with the students. Though we made it through the assigned script, it was difficult to keep them on task and focused. They also chatted far too much between instructions. From that experience, I learned quite a bit about the kind of presence one needs to have to command a room and persuade the children to listen to what you have to say. Next time, I will be using more of our classroom management techniques. In addition, I will be walking around the classroom and monitoring students closely to ensure they are using their time efficiently.

One thing I want to learn from the program is how to communicate more efficiently. Whenever one needs to contact someone, there is a delicate balance including word choice and method. Sometimes it is difficult to differentiate what is appropriate for what situation. In particular, I think I need to learn more about speaking over the phone; I rarely use this mode and there is plenty of room for improvement. From Mrs. Roberts, my mentor, I want to find out more about how to maintain professional relationships with coworkers, especially as a team lead. I have been taking steps to observe this by attending various staff meetings.

One thing that I have learned about myself as an emerging professional is that sometimes I am too timid; I lack the courage to take even relatively insignificant risks. I tend to “play it safe”, entirely too reliant on instructions from my superiors. As a student, it has come to my attention that I need to develop better methods of organization. This is true about both my life as a whole and the papers and such that are integral to it. Setting up and maintaining a digital calendar has truly redefined the way that I approach deadlines. By implementing a few more simple changes, I will be better prepared for the future.

August 14th – August 27th (14.01 hours) – Within the past two weeks, I had my first experience with working with a small group of students by myself. I had the responsibility of picking out an age (and reading level) appropriate novel and structuring about fifteen minutes of time around it. I worked with three students: one of whom is notably difficult to keep on task. I chose to have the students and myself alternate between reading different passages, making sure to address unfamiliar words or phrases. In addition, we discussed the differences and merits of literal and nonliteral language, as that was their reading standard at the time. I was a bit nervous before I actually worked with them. However, I gained some confidence after the students actually remained on task and genuinely seemed to enjoy the activity. I was also reminded just how much the kids differ from each other; they all have different strengths and weaknesses, and it is always important to keep that in mind when working with them.

August 28th – September 10th (15.79 hours) – These past two weeks have truly focused on benchmark review. Because of this, I had the opportunity to observe just how much planning is required to prepare students for the exam. I was actually able to watch testing procedures in action twice. It was interesting to note how the education system lacks the ability to tailor itself to individual students. For example, a few of them finished fairly quick, but they were forced to wait on the rest of their peers to finish. Asking any child to be silent and still for that amount of time is nearly impossible. I felt that perhaps this system of evaluating students is inefficient and does not accurately portray their true understanding or mastery of a topic. Especially as this is not a timed test, it does not allow them to develop the skills needed for exams like the ACT or SAT.

At Mesquite Elementary, there are certain expectations and personality requirements that need to be met in order to have a productive work experience. In regard to personality, it is generally expected that everyone should have a positive attitude in the classroom, especially when working with students. You should also ensure that you treat the students all with the same level of respect and courtesy. On the other hand, behavior is expected to conform to typical workplace standards. For example, little to no use of cell phones and answering classroom phones professionally. In addition, employees are expected to be able to make small decisions with no oversight from their supervisors.

In general, meeting the expectations at Mesquite is a natural fit for my personality. However, some days in particular it poses a challenge. Per my schedule with Mrs. Roberts, I work longer on Thursdays. Sadly, this is also the day that I take exams in most of my other classes. It it is remarkably easy to get frustrated with the third graders after AP Language and AP Government exams. On those days, I have to make sure that I step back and evaluate the situation a second time before responding.

One vocabulary term I was unfamiliar with at the start of my internship was “sped”. This term is actually an acronym, it stands for “special education”. As a whole, special education refers to a form of learning that is tailored to an individual student’s needs, normally related to a disability. I came across this term when my mentor referred to one of the other employees as a sped teacher. At first, I was unaware what subject they taught (until I asked for clarification).

September 11th – September 24th (8.01 hours) – At the beginning of these last two weeks, I had my first encounter working with a substitute teacher rather than Mrs. Roberts. It was interesting to observe the juxtaposition between how the instructor ran her classroom when compared to how Mrs. Roberts usually does. In fact, it was a little bit awkward because the students were more comfortable with me rather than the substitute. I think this was because I have spent far longer with them in the classroom and worked with them extensively, whereas the substitute was more of a stranger. From this experience, I learned that sometimes my presence could be more of a distraction than an asset to the teacher. In the future, I will try to keep the students on task and engaged with what the sub is teaching.

Recently, I learned the specific definition for benchmark testing. A benchmark test is one that uses specific, measurable standards that students can be evaluated on. I came into contact with this term because the third graders recently finished up their benchmarks and all of the teachers had to determine what standards they needed to reteach or review going forward.

September 25th – October 8th (0 hours) – Because this log consists of the weeks of fall break, I have not been able to work with the third graders recently. However, a few weeks ago I did get thrown into a situation that I had not planned on at the beginning of my shift. Mrs. Roberts had to take a quick phone call, so she approached me and inquired if there was any way possible that I could set the students up for their next activity by reading them A Bad Case of Stripes. Normally when I do a whole-group activity, Mrs. Roberts gives me a few hours or days notice to prepare. Though she seemed a bit nervous to spring this on me, I was excited. I love working with the students, and reading to them is simple (and difficult to make mistakes while doing). I feel like this also served as a confidence boost, reaffirming that I am capable of doing real and helpful tasks for Mrs. Roberts.

Most often, I communicate via in-person contact at Mesquite. Instead of working at my own specific desk or cubicle, I tend to station myself wherever I can be most helpful to Mrs. Roberts. In addition, she always in the room with me. This means that simply having a quick verbal exchange with her is far easier than sending her an email and then waiting for her to make time to use her computer to respond. If I ever need to speak with one of the other teachers on the team, I can do so during their lunch break. I could also just poke my head into their rooms to see if they are too busy to answer my question.

I think that in-person communication is a perfect fit for me. Though there is obviously always a degree of professionalism involved, it is a little bit more relaxed than some other methods. After all, there is no need to check whether not you have misspelled a word or misplaced a period as you say something aloud. When I do have questions for Mrs. Roberts, I tend to ask them as soon as I have a chance to. A majority of my questions do not truly require elaborate or in-depth answers. However, when they do, I wait until the students have been released to ask them. This ensures that I do not take away from class time and also that we are not interrupted in the middle of an extensive discussion.

Before I started working at Mesquite, I had no idea what the term “specials” meant. However, this word refers to the rotating schedule of classes that the third graders attend. This list includes art, music, physical education, and a trip to the computer lab. I learned this word when I saw it used on the lesson plan.

October 9th – October 22nd (2.67 hours) – This week was the return of the elementary school students from their fall break. Because of this, we are going through the motions of reminding them about classroom procedures and acceptable behavior. I spent much of my time as an intern observing this week as Mrs. Roberts taught. On the other hand, I was surprised by how many of the third graders remembered to bring their math homework back. While I did grade their papers, next week I will be focusing my efforts on the file cabinet goal that I set with Mrs. Polivchak during our site visit. From this experience, I learned that I need to maximize the use of my time better to truly assist my mentor.

One acronym that I learned on my site is “ELL”. It stands for English Language Learner. This term is especially important due to the location that Mesquite is located in. Many of our students are raised in homes that primarily speak a different language, which necessitates additional instruction to raise them to the age-appropriate standard for English.

October 23rd – November 5th (9.76 hours) – Last week, I organized a binder for Mrs. Roberts that lists all of the standards that the third graders have to learn before the end of the year. Though it was not the most exciting use of my time, I did learn a lot from the experience. Before this, I really had no idea what the standards looked like and what sort of content they covered. I was surprised at the depth of the types of material that the third graders have to master before the end of the school year. Some of the standards towards the end of the year are concepts that my teachers did not even begin to cover until fourth or fifth grade. I am truly interested to know how Mrs. Roberts will structure her instruction for the more complex ideas she needs to cover later in the year.

About a month ago, I was enlisted by all of the teachers to cut out various pieces of paper for all of the students in the third grade. However, after I had finished the class sets for Ms. Rivera and Mrs. Roberts, I realized that I had completely forgotten how many Mrs. Olson needed. This meant I had to ask her for clarification. I chose to use verbal communication, as it is the primary method used at Mesquite Elementary. I waited to speak to her until I would not prove to be too much of a disruption for her class as a whole. While the students were participating in independent work, I quickly came in, asked my question, and left. In the future, I want to attempt to use other forms of communication, namely electronic alternatives.

On the days I intern, I come in during the teacher’s lunch break. Because of this, I regularly have the opportunity to engage on a purely social level with my coworkers. Normally we discuss how the school day has gone so far and how their days have been going. Occasionally, they ask me about how school assignments have gone or how my little sister is doing. In addition to this, they are always happy to answer any of my seemingly random questions about what it is like to be an educator. Due to the fact that I have known them since July, I am very comfortable with all of them. I enjoy to talking to all of them, whether it be on a professional level or not.

A learning standard is an element of education that defines the specific content that is found in the body of a course. I learned this word and became familiar with some of Arizona’s standards when I organized a binder for Mrs. Roberts. This text governs almost all aspects of a student’s education and gives teachers clear guidelines about what the content they are expected to instruct upon.

November 6th – November 19th (8.79 hours) – This week, one of the third-grade teachers had to leave on short notice. Because of this, we were short staffed for reteach and enrich. This meant that I had to watch one of the classes as they worked in partners on word problems. Initially, I was incredibly apprehensive about the entire situation but I quickly grew comfortable with watching the students. The only problem that I ran into concerned the behavior of one child in particular. She was having an incredible amount of difficulty focusing, so I attempted all of the redirection techniques I had observed Mrs. Roberts use in the past. However, I simply lacked the authority necessary for her to actually take me seriously. Next time, I am going to try to be more authoritative and I will not stop until she listens to me.

At the beginning of the semester, Mrs. Roberts and I constructed a strict schedule that I was expected to adhere to. All in all, I was on time every single time that I came in to work at my site. For the few days that I missed, I communicated at least a week in advance with Mrs. Roberts through both verbal and written communication. Setting such rigid expectations truly helped me succeed; it reassured me to know exactly how many hours I was earning or needed to earn before the deadline. Planning around the days I had to miss presented a challenge, so I was glad that I did not have to miss any shifts unexpectedly. All in all, scheduling was an easy way to keep on track and ensure accountability, rather than merely showing up at irregular intervals.

At the beginning of the semester, there was a steep learning curve associated with time management. I struggled with balancing my online classes, homework, and my internship schedule. I found myself prioritizing other parts of my “school life” after the internship, when, in reality, I should have viewed them equally. Around September, I created a stricter schedule with specific amounts of time devoted to internship-related work and other school obligations. Recently, I have been doing well in splitting my time, due to these extra efforts. My extracurriculars did not truly demand a meaningful amount of time this semester; instead, they pick up towards February and April.

One term that I learned at my internship site was IEP. This acronym stands for Individualized Education Program. This service is provided for students that need their education tailored to them for a variety of reasons. I had heard this term before I started my internship, but Mrs. Roberts is the one who defined and explained it to me.