ATRs, the unrepresented -- no elected representatives in the UFT
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"To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another."
Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government
Thursday, October 24, 2013
ATR meeting: DOE's coming observations and what can we do?
Site: Georgia Diner, 86-55 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, Queens, parking at 55th Ave entrance, near the SE exit of the Grand Ave. station, M and R trains.
*Teachers are being observed in sessions out of license, and out of grade range; and have received U ratings for such lessons
*From the start of the rotation system, the UFT leaders have supported the UFT's observation policy, even backing judgment on classroom management
*Amy Arundell newly conceded at the October 10 official, not well-publicized, Queens UFT ATR meeting that teachers rated for their substitute performance from observations have received U ratings for the end of the year..previously, she claimed that the ATRs receiving end of year U’s received them for conduct or attendance
*Given that the DOE has an unbeatable record with 3020s
*do teachers feel that it is appropriate that these substitute performances with unfamiliar students in unfamiliar rooms and schedules, could impact their careers?
*We are not being evaluated for teaching, but for controlling unfamiliar students; quality teaching comes from relationships with students that develop over time
*Are we in coverages to help students with the subject they expect that period or is our purpose to demonstrate lessons as the DOE and the UFT advocate?
*Why do we lack elected displaced teacher representatives that would understand our experiences?