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Casting a Wide Net

The interview panel sat at a table several feet in front of the table where I was sitting. They were asking getting-to-know-you questions.

“Why do you want to teach in this district?”

In hindsight, perhaps the kind of answer they we’re looking for was an indication of some particular detail about the community or the school that I was particularly enamored by. But that’s not what popped into my head.

“I know I am a new teacher,” I said. “I know that I have only a little experience. And so frankly I am casting a wide net.”

They nodded.

It’s probably not what they were getting at, but it was the answer to their question. Perhaps I should not be so quick to be literal. In any event, they now know that about me.