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Teacher Interview Project


Margaret A. Herrin
Ivy Tech Community College

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InTASC Standards Rationale Page


Standard #10: Leadership and Collaboration
The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student
learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and
community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.
Name of Artifact: Teacher Interview Project
Date: February 29, 2016
Course: EDUC 101: Introduction to Teaching
Brief Description: For my Introduction to Teaching class, we were assigned to do a teacher
interview. We were to sit down with a teacher of our choosing, and ask any and all questions in
our head at that point in time. My questions were pretty straight forward, and most of the
questions had to do my service learning experience so far. Most of Mrs. Taylors answers were
what I expected, but some were not.
Rationale: To document my understanding of InTASC Standard 10, Leadership and
Collaboration, I have conducted an interview with the teacher of my choice to further collaborate
and understand the teaching field. I interviewed Jocelyn Taylor, a first grade teacher at Harney
Elementary School in Lebanon, Indiana. While in the interview, Mrs. Taylor gave multiple
examples of how she communicates with parents of her students and all of her colleagues. She
made it very clear that communication is key to a good school environment for everyone
involved. This advances education because she uses current technology to communicate with
parents throughout the day on how their child is performing.

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Introduction

Mrs. Taylor has been teaching for sixteen years, and is currently working at Harney
Elementary School in Lebanon, Indiana. She has taught preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd
grade and she was an academic coach at a high school. While doing service learning for my
Education 101 class, many questions were floating through my head once actually in the
classroom. Jocelyn Taylor accepted my challenge in answering any and all of the questions piled
in my head at that moment.
Teacher Responses
Once the questions started in my head, they were mostly about the behavioral issues with a
couple of the kids in the classroom. Most of my questions were something similar to, How do
you handle the behavioral issues with Danielle and Kristopher? With her responses being, We
have tried to make them aware that if they are acting inappropriately, then they have many
options to get calmed down. We have an emotions bucket, which have ping pong balls
indicating different emotions they may be feeling. Theyll come up to me, and immediately I
give them my undivided attention. My other students know that if I am working with them and
Danielle or Kristopher come up to me with those ping pong balls, that they are my priority.
Weve had some instances that have ended up extremely dangerous, and that is when I have to
physically remove them from the classroom. The only time I will ever get physical and move
them, is if the safety of my other students is at risk because I am liable for them, too (Taylor J
February 25, 2016). I then got into some questions about her personal thoughts about teaching. I
asked her what all has changed from when she started to now. Jocelyn said she sees a lot of
disabilities more than she used to sixteen years ago. Including ADHD, ADD, autism and she said
she even sees a lot more kids wearing glasses. She believes more and more kids are wearing

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glasses because of the strain on their eyes from being on electronics all the time. She also
commented that when she started teaching, she had a full time aid, and about twenty students in
her classroom. Compared to now, where she has twenty-seven in her classroom this year with no
aid. Jocelyn said that she feels teachers are expected to teach more within the year with less
resources. Most of her questions raised even more questions, but she had no problems answering.
Compare and Contrast
I think that Jocelyn has everything figured out with how she wants to run her classroom.
Since she has been teaching for sixteen years, she has seen all different types of learners, and she
knows what works and what does not work. I feel that only comes with experience. I was really
concerned with Kristopher and Danielle, and that is why I asked many questions about their
situation. I agree with what Mrs. Taylor does with the emotion bucket. I have never seen
anything like that, and I think that is probably the smartest thing she could have done. I know
that kids their age dont really know how to express their feelings in a way an adult will
understand them, so writing different emotions on the ping pong balls is really smart. It teaches
them that when they are being negative, to realize that they are being negative, and that they
need to deal with that immediately. It also teaches them different emotions, like they cannot be
calm and frustrated at the same time. I understand that when Danielle or Kristopher are upset or
angry about something, that they are Jocelyns first priority. However, I believe it is unfair to the
other kids when she has to stop teaching in the middle of a lesson to pay attention to one student.
I also think that it is very important that she communicates with the parents. She has an app
called Classroom Dojo, where she and the parents connect. Throughout the day Mrs. Taylor
gives away points or takes away points, and with this app the parents can see how their student is
doing day by day. She makes sure the students know that if they are not doing what they need to

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be doing she will take points away for not listening or not cooperating. The parents will be
able to see what their student is getting points for throughout the day, negative or positive, and
they have the ability to communicate with their child that night if they lost points. I think this is
genius. Having the ability at your fingertips is one advantage of technology nowadays, and
definitely comes in handy in the classroom in this way. I think that being able to talk to their kid
after they lost three points that day is really important. Maybe they dont know that their kid
misbehaves at school. This app shows them that if there is a problem in the classroom they need
to communicate with their student to help and fix the situation. That is going to be a major
component when I actually have my own classroom. Communicating with the parent or guardian
is really important to me, especially with the younger grade levels.
Personal Beliefs/Why Teaching
When asking Jocelyn about what her Philosophy of Education was, she became very
distraught. She told me that she remembers having to write a paper over her Philosophy of
Education, but could not remember what category she fell into. According to my Philosophy of
Education, I fall under Progressivism. Which states, Progressivism focuses more on the child
than the subject matter. The students interests and personal growth are important. Learners
should be active and learn to solve problems by reflecting on their experiences. The school
should help students develop democratic, personal and social values. Because society is always
changing, new ideas are important to make the future better than the past (Cohen, 1999). I think
that fits extremely well. What it says is exactly what I thought of, but never could get the right
words. My Philosophy of Education has a lot to do with why I chose to be a teacher, as well. I
honestly do not believe just anyone can be a good teacher. I have always had a fascination with
working with other people, especially kids. Working with kids, and teaching them right from

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wrong, I feel is very important to me. Most people say that my generation is messed up, but in all
honesty, who made it that way? We were born into it, and taught these things. Its the childs
caregivers and teachers to create strong and intelligent adults. I want the generation that I teach
to be the best they can be. No exceptions. Another reason I chose to enter the teaching field was
because I had an awesome Spanish teacher in high school. Not only did she teach me all four
years of my high school career, we also went to the same church. I knew her outside of school,
so I was really comfortable with her. Now, I know most of my students I will not know outside
of school, but as far as getting to know the student, and why they are the way they are is really
important to me as well.
Conclusion
My interview with Jocelyn Taylor went spectacular. When I decided to choose her as my
teacher to interview, it was because I knew she would not hold anything back from me. Being in
her classroom for Service Learning has taught me a lot, and also raised a lot of questions. She
had no problems answering my questions piled in my head at that moment.

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References
Personal Interview with Jocelyn Taylor Quotes (February 25, 2016)
1999 LeoNora M. Cohen-OSU School of Education
http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/ed416/PP3.html