Don’t Fight, Mediate!
Conflict is an inevitable reality of living in society. It arises whenever two people with different needs, interests, opinions and goals cannot agree. It takes various forms: arguments, silence, violence, relationship break-ups, a sense of unfairness or of not being respected, lawsuits, etc.
Mediation can be a simple way to solve conflicts. Its success depends, in part, on each side’s willingness and ability to find a lasting, effective solution.
Students are asked to take on specific roles in a simulated mediation session to resolve a conflict between two teens and their families. The activity calls on students’ cooperation skills to find a solution they can all live with.