‘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 5: Affirmation
Self-esteem is the corner stone of this work. Many of the difficulties which teachers and pupils face in the classroom are linked to poor self-esteem. Raising pupil self-esteem results in:
- reduced anxiety
- reduced aggression
- improved relationships
- willingness to try things out and to learn from mistakes
- reduced disruption
- raised standards of achievement.
As a training exercise, try asking half your staff to list the characteristics of a child with high self-esteem and the other half to list the characteristics of a child who is achieving their potential. We are confident that the two lists will be interchangeable.
Raising self-esteem can be justified on both personal, social and academic grounds. Clearly all children need to be told that they are special (some are never given that message at home) but they also need ...