(I had a copy of this taped to my desk for 30 years. It helped me keep my sanity and know how to respond to bad leaders and other negative and controlling voices in my buildings:)
There is a kind of energy in our buildings that carries or implies that we in fact don’t have basic rights as teachers. Maybe it’s about pecking orders. Whatever, it’s insidious and we need to be able to recognize it and fight it, in order to protect our mental health.
One day about 30 years ago during another of what seemed to be an unending series of planning periods where I usually just sat at my desk making up worksheets, I found a piece of paper stuck behind a pile of old books in the back of a closet in my classroom. It was a faded copy of a “personal bill of rights” written by Edmund Bourne, Ph.D.