Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mistreatment Continues

Read ATR at Ednotes.

In my school ATRs are not only being given the shaft by the union and the administration, but they are being discriminated against by other teachers as well.

Mr. M has been subbing in the @$%">#@$% department. He needed supplies that the regular teacher has in his desk. Mr. M was told he was not allowed to use them. Mr. M wanted to run off copies of a sheet to go over with the class. Mr. M was told, "you are only a sub, you can't make copies."

I can't fathom any reason why one would treat a colleague so badly, yet it is happening every day. All you evil doers out there better remember that what goes around comes around. You too might be an ATR one day. You will not like being treated like this so stop treating others this way.


proofoflife said...

That is a DISGRACE! You are right, it could happen to anyone of us. I would try to ignore people if they treated me like how they are treating Mr. M. Did he make the copies? I am ashamed of the UFT!!

larryirun said...

I'm new to this blog. What does ATR stand for?

NYC Educator said...

It stands for absent teacher reserve--teachers who've been displaced by school closings. After the ATR deal was arranged, a further agreement that principals would have to pay teachers from school budgets ensured very few of them would be hired, as newbies can be found for half the price.

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Fidgety said...

This is happening to rubber room returnees also. They are being sent to schools already overcrowded with ATRs and are treated like garbage by their colleagues. If they do acquire a "so called positions", they are thrown back into the ATR pool in June. One returnee was sent to a school slotted to close in the near future. Sounds like a recipe for failure to me.

Pissed Off said...

I believe it. I hear more and more horror stories every day.

I find it hard to believe how many teachers are indifferent to the plight of these colleagues.

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JUSTICE not "just us" said...

Look, let's face it many of our colleagues are moral and physical cowards that's why these punk ass principals and assistent principals do what they do and get away with it. Our union--Unity hacks-- are bunch of backstabbers and the rank and file is sacred sh*tless along with some of the young'ens being like the Hitler Youth for the scraps from the master's table it is no wonder we are in the position we are in.

I am telling you this job is brutal in more ways than one.

Woodlass said...

Your post reminds me of the early days (last year) when I started being an ATR. I remember feeling lousy if a newbie even referred to me as a "sub." The little upstart, I thought. Then I remembered that when I was a regular teacher and took a day's absence, I'd tell the kids to make sure they'd work when the sub was there. So, I don't take these casual references to me as a sub so personally. Of course, the incident you describe is more low-class, but it's just degrees of the same kind of disregard.

As the year progressed, I got much better at the job (i.e., "subbing") and my own teacher "self" seemed to re-emerge. Kids got used to my style, and I'm talking a couple of thousand of them, not just 200 per term I used to teach.

You'll grow into the job, and you'll find you can be proud of yourself on the days or weeks you do it well. When that happens, you're head goes into a different place, and the unevolved behavior of the creatures who think they are better than thou won't bother you so much. You'll see it for what it is: mindless and dumb.