‘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.
The mediation process revolves around co-operation. Much of the foundation work for this is teaching the value of co-operation and the not inconsiderable skills involved.
Co-operation in the classroom has three elements:
- pair work
- small group work
- whole group work.
All three are important and require slightly different skills. The third element is particularly important for developing class cohesion and for countering the effect of sub-groups, cliques and gender or ethnicity divides. Circle Time is a powerful tool in this context.
The need to teach co-operation skills is strong.
The idea that two people experiencing conflict can come to a solution where they are both winners (a win-win solution) is central to re-educating young people who believe that there is only one right answer to difficulties or problems and that only ...