Cultivating Joy and Whimsy in the Middle School Classroom

Cultivating Joy and Whimsy in the Middle School Classroom

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Cultivating Joy and Whimsy in the Middle School Classroom

My TPAR process centered on a radical vision of joy and interconnectedness. Through my TPAR process I hoped to work with students to center play, laughter, joy, and wellness. We connected with nature, used transformative justice practices, built relationships within our school community, and fostered an environment that uplifted imagination and rest.

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About Jenine Wehbeh

Jenine Wehbeh is a seventh and eighth-grade social studies teacher in Chicago Public Schools. Her teaching emphasizes critical pedagogy, ethnic studies, equity, and social justice within the exploration of historical and current events. She facilitates the annual Chicago History Day where her student’s projects are about local history, centering the voices of historically marginalized people, women, workers, Black/Brown, and Indigenous peoples. Wehbeh established a Peer Conference student-led group and facilitated transformative justice training for students to mediate conflict, build community, and reduce harm in their school community. Her teaching stems from a community organizing framework, is participatory, and largely conducted through student-led projects. Her current interests are radical imagination, healing, and collective joy for liberation.

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