‘The book which accompanies the video, gives an excellent and detailed step-by-step guide to setting up a peer mediation system in your own school’ — Special. This publication provides a comprehensive guide to those who aspire to introduce, teach, support and maintain mediation processes for all young people in school. In a world that fails to manage conflict, those who seek peaceful resolution are urged to promote mediation as a positive solution. Topics covered include: Circle Time; emotional literacy; affirmation; problem solving; co-operation; conflict resolution; communication; mediation. There are 171 pages and 38 copiable activity sheets, which are suitable for infant, junior and secondary schools.
Chapter 4: Speaking and Listening
Speaking and Listening
The pupils' ability to stick to the basic ground rules of Circle Time that enable each individual to feel safe enough to contribute to class discussions. The language of ground rules varies, but in essence there are two—no interrupting and no put downs (which are also the two important rules that enable mediation to take place). Stated positively these become—listen with respect until it is your turn to speak.
If these rules are not adhered to by everyone, then pupils may feel exposed and open to disinterest or ridicule when talking about their thoughts or feelings to the rest of the class. The rest of the class may also feel free to contradict or add comments to the contribution of individuals.