SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: This Was Bound to Happen To Me

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

This Was Bound to Happen To Me

It was bound to happen. It came out of nowhere, completely unexpected, but it did have to happen.

Today I was doing my 2nd lunch duty in a row (I know, I know, I don't mind doing lunch duty). The third grade was in the cafeteria and there was about 2-3 minutes left.

As the students were cleaning up and getting ready for their teachers a 3rd grade teacher, for whose class I covered for prep the other day, walked by me and complimented me on my classroom management. Out of curiosity I inquired as to why he was saying that.

"Oh, we get lots of subs in here that just can't control their classes and have the kids running all over the classroom," he said.

I looked at him and replied, "I'm not a sub, I'm an ATR." I said this with pride.

He apologized and told me that the previous ATR was at the school for a few months and then "disappeared."

"Anyway," he continued, "What do I know? I have only been teaching 5 months." A NOOB!!!!!

What was he talking about Willis?

Yes, it is always nice to receive a compliment, but, come on. From a noob?

I so wanted to say so much more. I held my tongue. Not worth it. I want too as well on this post but I shan't.

I just can't write about this anymore.



Anonymous said...

Humiliation is the name of the game.

Abigail Shure

Pete Zucker said...

Oh he wasn't trying to humiliate me.

Anonymous said...

The structure of the situation causes the humiliation. Instead of holding a regular teaching position, an ATR is perceived to be a sub. The experienced teachers who should be serving as mentors are covering classes and performing cafeteria duty. Many days they wake up and wonder how their worlds turned upside down.

I did two tours of duty as an EWPS (Newark version of ATR). Although I am currently in a budgeted position, the criticism is unrelenting.

Abigail Shure

Unknown said...

As a student myself, I know the main reason as to why some students haven’t been able to make the most of their studies and it’s probably due to the difficulty and quantity of any educational activity which could make a student struggle for the whole semester.