So I received my rating last night. I kind of knew it would be developing. When I did my MOTP last year I was just on the edge of under effective. Not that I agree with those ratings (who would)? I did the best I could in a "failure factory" within a structure that did not support teachers in any way shape or form. Of course, now I feel like less of a teacher because every other blog I read people complain about being only effective. Not that it really means anything, does it mean anything? I'm not really sure.
What I do know now is that I am supposed to have some kind of Teacher Improvement Plan. Which is supposed to come from the principal. My question is this: What if the main problem with my teaching is that I had bad principals and assistant principals? Would I be fair in requesting that I have competent administrators who will provide me with immediate and actionable feedback (as opposed to waiting 3 weeks or more before scheduling a Post Op)? Furthermore, I am an ATR now. Who will schedule this? The principal who doesn't know me at the school I am at now?
One more day for the official school day. As I came in this morning the secretary told me "you're card is in that separate area, not with the teachers." I had half a mind to say "Well, I am a teacher." But I don't think she meant it as a slight, I think she more meant the teachers who are at this school permanently. I hope I am not an ATR long. So far this place seems pretty good, but my roommate regaled me with a bad experience yesterday. If I don't lock up something within the month, I might get sent to a horrid school. That would not be good. So far though I am just waiting to see what we are doing today. People say "hi" but that is about it. I get it, they are focused on their rooms and what they are teaching on day one. Still...