I was fortunate enough to have received in my email a letter that an ATR wrote to his field supervisor and I decided to publish it, with some editing for content, for all educators to see and what ATRs in rotation goes through on a daily basis. More importantly, this letter should put to rest that an ATRs job does not have the same stress as regularly appointed teachers.
Dear field supervisor,
Several days ago in one of the schools I was assigned to, these events occurred inside and outside the classroom I was covering.
- Loud noise and screaming everywhere in the hallway, outside my classroom, for ten minutes into the period. Nobody seemed to care.
- Many of the students in the class ignore my instruction and refuse to do the assignment.
- Several students, joke, laugh, play cards, and scream at each other and ignore my commands to behave and do the assigned work.
- Some students don't even bother to sit down but walk around the room making a commotion.
- One student screams "F--k you" to another who curses back.
- A bunch (5-6) of unknown students suddenly enter the room and since they didn't bother to tell me who they were, I quickly realize they were not part of the class. I ask the group to leave but was met with indifference, I called the Dean for intervention.
- Almost a dozen students took out their cellphones, put on their headphones, and hoodies and ignored my commands to follow the school rules.
- Two female students show up twenty minutes late without a late pass and when asked why they were late, they exhibited a nasty response to my question.
- Two other students leave the room without permission, I called the Dean.
- Several students engaged in a group project by drawing the middle finger with blood at the tip, on a poster and glued it on the back locker in the room. I asked them not to do that but was ignored.