Navigating a rocky terrain
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This study explored what practices a teacher negotiates expectations from authority figures with her own philosophical beliefs. Through the methodology of a single case study and narrative analysis, I focused on how a middle school teacher made her decisions as to what counts as purposeful and productive pedagogy within the given framework. Observations and interviews were my primary methods of data generation. The interviews provided explanations of how this teacher engaged in pedagogical decisions and practices. The interviews were informed by observations of her teaching practices and interactions in meetings. The understandings indicate how she creatively and respectively worked in this time period of standardization and lack of teacher autonomy. Furthermore, this study investigated the decisions and decision-making processes that add a specific example of how a teacher works with the convergence of expectations placed on classroom teachers.