I’ve been researching the Duke of Edinburgh International Award recently. While watching some of the inspirational videos of students who have completed the program I kept hearing the phrase “There is more in you than you think”. It’s such a simple phrase but it really stuck with me. As it turns out that phrase has been used by Kurt Hahn, the father of Outward Bound, United World College and the someone who served as an inspiration for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time with kids on outdoor ed experiences. Having lead or chaperoned trips in across the USA, in Kenya, India and Norway I have no doubt that the phrase holds true for students of all ages. But guess what, it also holds true for teachers.
Teachers: there is more in you than you think!
I know how things can get busy and be stressful as a teacher. Trust me, I am married to a teacher, work as a school administrator myself, and I have 3 kids at home. They need help with homework, dinner needs to be made, and the pile of laundry looks like Mt. Everest most of the time. But in our professional lives we all need to remember there is more in us than we think.
When you are asked to join yet another committee to do after-hours research: there is more in you than you think.
When you are traveling with students and that 6th grader is throwing up at 3:00AM: there is more in you than you think.
When you feel totally sapped and like there is nothing you can do to make this topic “stick”: there is more in you than you think.
When you walk in on two teachers talking about you in the staff room: there is more in you than you think.
When you school goes 1:1 and you are scared about having to learn about all these iPads/laptops/Chromebooks: there is more in you than you think.
The next time you are faced with a major professional challenge, keep this in mind. Despite how hard it may be, you are not alone on Mt. Everest, you have colleagues (and millions of teachers around the world) to help. And there is more in you than you think!