Peer Mediators

 

      What are Peer Mediators?

    « Peer Mediators are trained conflict managers that help students (grades 2 & 3) work to resolve conflicts that happen during recess.
    « As trained “peace-keepers”, Peer Mediators create a safe environment where students involved in minor conflicts can talk-out the
                 problem and resolve it peacefully to keep it from escalating into a more serious conflict.
    « Peer Mediators help students learn alternative ways to solve problems without using  aggression or violence.
 
      How does peer mediation work?
    « Peer Mediators are assigned to 2nd and 3rd grade lunch recess. When a conflict occurs, Peer Mediators approach the students
                 involved (called “disputants”) and use structured mediation techniques to help the students reach an agreement.
    « Peer Mediators do not place judgment or blame, take sides, or force the disputants to reach  an agreement. Instead, they work
                 towards finding a win-win resolution so that both sides can feel empowered.
      
      What are the benefits of being a Peer Mediator?

    « During a two-day conflict management training held during school, students learn:

«   Active and reflective listening

«  Communication skills

«  Problem solving strategies

«  Mediation techniques

      Peer Mediators often exhibit increased self-control, self-confidence, and problem solving skills which they use not only at school
      but at home and with their friends outside of school.

 

How can I become a Peer Mediator?

    «To become a Peer Mediator, students (4th and 5th grader's only) must complete an application and have it signed by a parent or guardian.
                They must also get recommendations from two teachers.

 

Download and complete the application below and return it to Mrs. Holmes by September 23, 2011.

 

 

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Deana Holmes,
Sep 16, 2011, 4:05 PM