I can't really say how it went, the interview I mean.
Lots of research done by yours truly on the educational system in all four UK countries, went over again my essay as to why I wanted to be a Fulbright exchange teacher and they asked about... discipline. Yep. Kept throwing possible situations at me, such as "well, you could end up in the inner city, how would you handle a violent student?" and "What if you have students who are taught by their parents to be militant?"
Weird questions, but I did my best. What I was really thinking was, "huh. Would I really be matched with someone teaching in a school so radically different from mine?"
Then I was asked about my finances; if I had savings and if I realized that the UK was twice as expensive as the USA. Geez. I happen to live in a VERY expensive part of California, which happens to be an expensive state anyway. Were they saying that if a bag of rice cost two dollars here, it would cost four dollars there?
And then, they asked me what I would do in a school situation where there were no books and no technology available. Again I thought, "Huh?" I know schools like this exist, both here and there, but wow... do the teachers that apply to the Fulbright program teach in schools like that?
Perhaps I was naive, but I don't think that's it. The panel interview is run by former Fulbright teachers; at times it seems as if they were talking more about themselves, rather than interested in my answers to their questions.
I did my best, and although I'm sure I'll mull over this for a while, there's nothing I can do now except wait.
February feels a long way off right now.