Interview with a Teaching Professional

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For this interview, I discussed the questions with Jessica, a 26 year old first year life science teacher in the Dallas Independent School District. She is a recent graduate of Texas University, with a degree in biology and a minor in education. While she has to make several decisions on a daily basis, they can be divided into different categories. The first decisions she must make are managerial based on what she can fit into her limited schedule allowed by the district. She must make quick decisions on what to attempt to teach and how to integrate required curriculum and additional curriculum, while sticking to a schedule yet allowing for the elasticity that is required in teaching middle school students. At times her struggles with the administration become difficult, particularly because she lacks confidence in the abilities of her supervisors to advise and make smart decisions in her district. Her decisions to work with the administration as much as possible but then work around them if necessary but under the radar seems to me to be a legitimate way to work effectively in the system, but still get the most out of the teaching experience and give the most to the students avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy that plagues many of our schools. Like Caroline, I find that working within a system rather than against a system is an effective way to promote change and progress. She is required to make ethical decisions based on what she can and
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