Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation
As part of a school wide initiative on educating and assisting students in dealing and handling peer relations and conflict, we have trained a number of students in the mediation process. Students involved in this process, either as disputants or mediators, learn a new way of handling conflict. In mediation, the trained students help their classmates identify the problems behind the conflict and assist in finding a solution. In the mediation process, students are encouraged to move beyond the immediate conflict and learn how to get along with each other.
Steps in the Mediation Process:
STEP 1: Mediators Open the Session
- Disputants are willing to solve the problem
- Agree to listen without interrupting
- Agree to show respect for one another
STEP 2: Gather Information
- Mediators listen, paraphrase and clarify all statements that are given for both parties
- Disputants share their own stories and allow the other party to do the same
STEP 3: Focus on Common Interests
- Mediators determine what each disputant was interested in when the conflict started.
- Disputants will give examples of what they want out of this mediaiton
STEP 4: Brainstorm Solutions
- All solutions are presented without judgement
STEP 5: Choose A Solution
- Each disputant will nominate ideas or parts of ideas that may work
- Mediators will get agreement on workable ideas
- Mediators evalutate all agreed upon on ideas and check to see if they are possible
STEP 6: Write Agreement and Close
- Mediators will write up agreement and have diputant sign the agreement
If you feel your child is in need of a mediation with another student, please contact the middle school at 832-4521 and speak with Ms. Loos or Mr. Rand for further information.