SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: ATR UPDATE!!!! Kicked in the Head Whilst on the Ground

Monday, March 12, 2018

ATR UPDATE!!!! Kicked in the Head Whilst on the Ground

On February 20 I wrote this piece on yet another besmirchment on a fellow ATR. The results are in. No one is happy other than the field supervisor.

The ATR, who henceforth will be known as Schlomo , met with the FS and his DL on February 26. The meeting lasted about 10 minutes and basically he was verbally requested on November 29, 2017 to have lesson plans for each grade. Schlomo then showed the FS the lesson plans on December 21, 2017. Now, take that last sentence and don't forget it. I will get back to it in a moment.

On both dates that the FS spoke to Schlomo about his lesson plans there was a caveat. The principal wished to see the plans. OK, fine.

The FS, in the discipline letter, blabbered that it was requested that Schlomo show his lesson plans to the principal. Mind you, the FS gave notice to Schlomo of the discipline meeting on February 15.

However, the FS actually cast eyes upon the lesson plans on DECEMBER 21, 2017 A FULL 46 DAYS before notifying Schlomo of a discipline meeting!!!

Why, oh why, could not the FS have either a) Say to Schlomo, "let's go see the principal together and show your lesson plans", or b) say, I'll do you a solid and share with the principal that you have the lesson plans, or c) clearly state in writing that he was supposed to physically bring the lesson plans to the principal?

See, there is a hitch here. At no time did Schlomo ever receive anything in writing as to the subject of his lesson plans. All direction was done verbally. On Schlomo's part there he was not sure if the principal was to seek him out or vice versa in regard to the lesson plans. It was a mix up. Why not just give a counseling memo? Why have to proverbially kick someone in the head with a steel tipped boot while their down? Mistakes happen. He was not purposely insubordinate. He was not trying to pull a fast one. He did not put a child in danger. Geez, it was a misunderstanding!!!

The last two school years Schlomo received an S on his rating sheet. Thus far this year he is treading water.

In the fall the FS informally observed him with a Kindergarten class and guess what? It was unsatisfactory. Of course this brought out the dreaded PLAN OF ASSISTANCE. 

But it gets goofier. Just this week the FS did another informal observation, again with a Kindergarten class (Thank God it was first thing in the morning!). Let's see how this goes.

Anytime you meet with a FS and you do not receive anything in writing, take notes (or audio), and the minute you get home memorialize the meeting in an email and write something like this....

Dear FS, 

This morning when we met you told me to do X,Y, and Zed. Yada, yada, yada.

Thank you very much.


The ATR.

It's all about covering your buttocks.

1 comment:

Jay Dee Local said...

Though direction was done verbally, advisable to document it in writing.