Following the completion of the Cool Schools Mediation program, a number of students applied via a letter for the role of mediator for this year.
Students were shortlisted based on those applications and were then interviewed in two groups, where they were asked a set of questions they were given a couple days prior to the interview.
Cool School Mediation- a brief breakdown.
What did I find and What did I notice?
The responses to these questions talking about the depth and width of the language was evidence of how confidence and language has grown.
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What is the main role of a Mediator?
- "A mediator is a role model for others including the younger students in our school to demonstrate how the use of 'I statements', to express themselves, giving them confidence and skills to help them resolve problems they may met in the playground."
- " These skills that we have learnt, help us to reach out and help others, while also allowing us to grow in the same way to express ourselves, it is also good for me to break down a problem and to use active listening to identify what the problem is.
- "Being a mediator, is a leadership role and that shows when people ask for your help,and it builds your own skills and you feel good about that."
What do you think is the most important thing you have learned
from Mediator training?
- "For me, I think that learning about the different ways that people respond to conflict or problems - like how some people just pretend nothing is wrong, and how important it is to take the children away from other people and getting them to take turns to say what has happened rather than have other people saying things that sometimes can make the situation difficult."
- "That talking at eye levels to juniors, and giving them time to say what is wrong,engages them in sharing their ideas."
- "Letting people know that you care about their views and using active listening, but also knowing that you are helping people to be strong."
- "Connecting our Mission Charism to how we act at our school and that we as seniors have a role to play in helping others to make that connection."
- Recognising the ways that people can react, helps to know what to say to help students to move from that point and then when you see those students, you can interact with them to see how they are doing and giving them positive feedback.
Am I as teacher, providing time for the confidence and application of the introduced and known vocabulary to be implemented?
From these responses, made me realise how important it is to continue to build oral language skills and discussion in all learning areas. Where that be one to one or peer discussions, feedback from peers is and important aspect in understanding that promotes growth in oral language and confidence.
See, Say Do! Combining all of these together to practical use is powerful!