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Friday, October 31, 2014
Horror Stories From The ATR Pool.
With Halloween here, its time to recount some of the horror stories told to me by the ATRs in the last couple of years.
Freddy Kruger: This nightmare started when an ATR, trying to go the extra yard in entertaining the class he was covering, by asking them to solve a math question, using a baseball analogy. In describing the problem he used statistics commonly used in baseball. However, one female student didn't understand the concept and he patiently explained the math problem to her. When she still didn't get it, the teacher explained that since she really didn't understand baseball he could see her confusion in solving the Math problem. The girl felt insulted and reported the ATR to the Principal who charged the ATR with gender discrimination and verbal abuse. The ATR ended up with a Letter To The File (LIF) and a "u rating" for the year.
An ATR covering a leave replacement was teaching a Science lesson when three girls decided to play "UNO" instead. The teacher asked the girls to put the cards away three times. However, the girls refused the teacher's request. The Teacher went over to three girls and took the UNO cards away. One girl refused to give up her pile and the teacher grabbed them from her hand. In doing so he touched her hand in taking the UNO cards away. The three girls went to the Principal and the teacher ended up being charged with corporal punishment and OSI was contacted. The result was a LIF for the teacher and no disciplinary consequences for the three students who failed to do their work or follow the rules.
Michael Myers: A student was feeling ill and the ATR, who was provisionally assigned to the school, told the student to go to the school clinic to be checked out. The teacher was trying to do what's right by having qualified medical personal observe her and to ensure the child's illness was not contagious to her classmates. The student refused to go and an argument ensued until the student reluctantly went to the school clinic. Two weeks later the Principal held a disciplinary hearing and charged the teacher with verbal abuse (yelling) and embarrassing the student in front of her classmates. The teacher ended up with a LIF and a "U rating" for the year.
An untenured ATR provisionally assigned to the school saw a poor performing student's Regents paper being marked separately from others and in another room and quickly realized that the teacher was violating State rules. She asked the teacher why he had the student's Regents paper and was told to mind her own business. She reported it first to the Assistant Principal and then the Principal of the alleged Regents violation. However, it appears the Assistant Principal and Principal wanted this student out of the school and were in on it. The untenured ATR's satisfactory observations in the Fall semester became "Unsatisfactory observations" after she reported the Regents violation, in the Spring semester. She was discontinued at the end of the school year.
Alien: A certified regular education Math ATR was dumped into a self-contained Special Education class all day without any technology or lesson plans left for the classes and was told by the Assistant Principal to keep them entertained when he complained about the lack of appropriate work for the students. He tried his best but the students were out of control and when the Assistant Principal walked in saw that the teacher was having trouble keeping them focused. The Assistant Principal gave the ATR a "U observation" for poor classroom management.
These are just a few of the many horror stories from the ATR pool. If you have some stories to share, please send them to the comment section and I will publish them.