‘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 7: Communication and Emotional Literacy
Communication and Emotional Literacy
“As the wail of newborns testifies, babies have intense feelings from the moment they are born. But the newborn's brain is far from fully mature;…only as its nervous system reaches final development—a process that unfolds according to an innate biological clock over the entire course of childhood and into early adolescence—will the child's emotions ripen completely.” Daniel Goleman (1996)
We have given a separate section to feelings and emotions partly to prevent this area of the curriculum from becoming subsumed in the development of speaking and listening skills, but mostly to draw attention to the central role which feelings education plays in conflict resolution work and in addition to make the case for it as essential to successful learning ...