Field Supervisor Marino
From Chaz Blog http://chaz11.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-field-supervisor-from-hell.html
Richard Marino is the Field Supervisor listed below.
This is a true story that has happened this school year. I have kept the names of the teacher and field supervisor out of this post to protect the ATR from retaliation.
The story starts innocently enough. The field supervisor, a retired middle school principal from the Bronx, formally observed the teacher in her contact area (Biology) and gave her a “satisfactory rating”. End of story? Not quite.
A month later the field supervisor showed up for an informal observation while the teacher was assigned to cover a foreign language class. The ATR was given work by the absent teacher to hand out to the class. She handed out the work and walked around the room to make sure the students were on task. While she is not a foreign language teacher she did offer assistance to students who seemed to be struggling with the assignment. The ATR took attendance and because some students arrived quite late to class, the ATR took the time to take attendance again to ensure accuracy.
At the end of the class the field supervisor told the ATR that her classroom pedagogy was “unsatifactory”. Why you ask? Here’s why according to the field supervisor.
First, he wanted the teacher to expand the teacher directed assignment beyond the material given to the students to complete, despite the ATR having no real knowledge of the subject.
Second, the field supervisor complained that some of the students were not on task and were talking. Really? How unrealistic is it for an ATR who has never seen these students before, expect them to exibit perfect behavior.
Third, The field supervisor claimed the lesson was disjointed. However, the lesson came from the absent teacher and not the ATR. How can he blame the ATR for somebody else’s lesson?
Fourth, taking attendance twice was a waste of time.
Finally, the field supervisor saw no common core or rigor in the lesson. Really? Didn’t the lesson come from the absent teacher? What was the ATR to do, ignore the lesson and risk being insubordinate or follow the school’s direction and hand out the absent teacher’s assignment? Moreover, the ATR is a Science teacher and how can she add common core based rigor in a subject she has little knowledge of?
This abuse of the observation process by the field supervisors must stop and the ATRs should only be observed in their content specialty. Being observed in a subject that the ATR is unfamiliar with is wrong and harmful which must be stopped by the union.
Hi. I read some of these supervisor situations just today on Feb vacation. I made it a point to say that the only way I found an observation to be acceptable was in my content area and even chose a teacher to approach as well as a specific day as possible. Now last year I had ms Williams n this year do not. After hearing me out she said yes that is definitely how I do it. I felt as comfortable as I could with this procedure I set up for myself had better class management n structure and received 2 s ratings last year n one this year. I don’t get how it went like that for me by speaking up yet others with the same supervisor etc. Had these unacceptable random observations. This in itself is vert telling n unacceptable. ATRs themselves must speak out n deny an observation that is not set up in the correct manner. Its just like over the years where I have atr friends that do scanning ,hall monitoring, admin tasks etc. Without complaint. That in itself makes it difficult for the next atr who stands up for proper assignments.. This sort of stuff comes from them and atrs need to tell them ever single time if it is appropriate or not the assignments or observations etc. And say it is unacceptable when it is so.
Now Richard Marino comes back with a second Field Supervisor that is visiting with others as well. Kathy Marra http://atralliance.org/kathy-marra/
Got my first S Formal observation back in October from Richard Marino. haven’t seen him since then. he comes in last week to do a formal observation AGAIN BUT NOW comes back with a second Field Supervisor Kathy Marra THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN OR MET found that funny n unusual. He comes back today and tells me the observation was a U BUT DONT WORRY THAT doesn’t mean I’m getting a year end U rating, I said really because I did the same lesson in PE in a (classroom for my S observation)this time with a new class in a classroom (not gym) again-now it’s a U Really guess I was under the radar to much they sent the dogs in on me to perfect of a ATR WITH NO LETTERS to file OR PROBLEMS AT ANY SCHOOL.
Copy this under Kathy Marra too
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Sets one up for failure
Sweet talks but he is a wolf in sheeps’ clothing
U rates you from the get go, with extremely nasty comments
Others and I have gotten reports that didn’t seem to apply to the lesson taught
Once you get that first U, you are in for meetings to improve your teaching
Comes for above meetings at very I opportune times
Arrives early for observation
He is a liar
They are told to get rid of older teachers. They want ATRs gone so tgey can hire cheaper experienced teachers.
A waste of resources that may lead to several lawsuits.
Definetly has an agenda to use any lame reason to give teachers a U.
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