Don’t Fight, Mediate!

Activity

Don’t Fight, Mediate!

Duration: 120 min.
Suggested level: Grade 6
Subject: Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts

Description

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.

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