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Imagine your students working out problems without teacher, school administrator or adult intervention. Think it can’t be done? Well it can with peer mediation! Educator, Kate Cohen discusses successful bullying prevention methods including peer mediation. Learn how conflict resolution can impact your classroom and schoolyard.

If you have had success in your classroom, school or school district with peer mediation please share with us by leaving a comment below.

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5 Comments

  1. Skyler says:

    This sounds like such a great idea. I love how it encourages students to work it out themselves. This gives the students independence and respect. I’m wondering how it would look in just one individual classroom? Because I would love to have this option for my students in my future classroom.

  2. Kate says:

    You can absolutely start a peer mediation program in just your classroom! In the beginning, this means that you’ll only be able to use peer mediation to address conflicts between students in your room, but if it works well in your class, you can bet that other teachers and the administrators may notice (and if they don’t – share your success with them!). Good luck!

  3. Shayla Jackson says:

    I love this idea of peer mediation. I feel like this will get issues resolve more verses than students telling the teacher, I feel as if students would express the issue more to their peers.

    • Kate says:

      That is a good observation. “Peer” is definitely a key word here. Children have an ability to help other in children in ways that adults can’t. But the peer mediators always need to know that an adult is available when needed, and an adult should always monitor the program closely.

  4. Maestra says:

    I commend this initiative of peer mediation. It is much better than ignoring the problem. However, the solution really requires much more than that. Many times after you listen to each party voicing their claim, none is wrong. I believe that the root of the solution is to lessen the animal instincts and increase the spiritual nature that each person has. Human nature is violent, the spiritual nature is peaceful. I just heard the news of the 7th grader who killed 2 teachers. Many thoughts come to mind, many questions. Bottom line: We are ignoring the spiritual side of a human being and if the spiritual side dies, all we have left is the physical or animal side which is uncontrollable.

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