It's the same shit no matter where you teach in NYC. If you are over 50, they are out to get you.
Dinner tonight got me talking to a friend who teaches in a grades k - 5 school. She has been there for 18 years and was always well liked. Well, her once excellent school is not even a good school any more and administration is worried about the C the school got on its last report card. The AP knows he better start shaking up the place or he could very well become an ATR. It looks like the shake up is starting with her.
Friend is teaching a grade 2 class. She has already recommended five of her students for ISS classes. Recently, a boy from another country (English speaking) was placed in her class. He cannot sit still. He scribbles on every test instead of trying to do it (he doesn't even know his alphabet). He fights with the other children. Last week, he pushed another student into the closet and closed the door on him. He pushed a girl to the floor and pounded her with his fists. He has assaulted my friend. She has written him up many times. Nothing has been done for the child. The cluster teachers have also written this boy up and still no help or guidance has come his way.
Friend was told she is to meet with her AP tomorrow afternoon. The AP has written friend up three times so far this year. Infractions include not having written differentiated lessons for this boy and for not keeping him engaged during the class. Yes, Friend is being disciplined, not the student. Friend says the school has no room for him in the ISS classes and will keep making excuses to keep him in regular classes.
So far the write ups have not been file letters and every one of her observations have been satisfactory, and although she isn't worried, I am. She is thinking the AP just wants to offer advice and help. I hope she is right.