Monday, October 01, 2012


We are starting to hear horror stories about Absent Teacher Reserves being observed and even an ATR being rated unsatisfactory in the classroom.  Many ATRs have little or no chance to succeed when they are teaching in an environment where students do not know them.

Is this practice widespread?  Please let us know.

My suggestion is if the Department of Education insists on following the letter of the contract on observing ATRS, then ATRs need to do the same in return.

ATRs should insist in writing that they are given a lesson specific pre-observation conference before any formal observation.   ATRs might also want to ask supervisors to model lessons for them.  I am not talking about modeling teaching of an honors class but instead they should show us how to cover classes for absent teachers so that ATRs will get an idea about best practices from the "master teachers."

All of this might be particularly important when the weekly rotation of ATRs starts in October.


zulma said...

An ATR guidance counselor informed me that an ATR supervisor came in to talk to her, to give her support, and to see if there's anything he can do to assist her. She felt uneasy by his visit especially he came from the Tweed. I would like someone to explain their roles and responsibilities of these roaming ATR supervisors.

Anonymous said...

Please get copies of these ATR observation reports and post them on this blog, so that we all know what we're dealing with.

Any issues with observation reports should be taken up directly with Chancellor Walcott, his General Counsel, Courtenaye Jackson-Chase, Esq., and the members of the Panel for Educational Policy.