Peer Mediator Testimonials 2012

Scott, ’12 Peer Mediator
I feel lucky to have the opportunity to participate in such an effective mediation program. The skills and communication strategies that I picked up through being a mediator will certainly be useful in dealing with future situations that may arise. The LS Mediation program is a valuable resource that students should be made aware of.

Annika, ’12 Peer Mediator

What have you learned by serving as a peer mediator? Through mediation I have learned about myself as well as how other people interact.  I have learned that listening to every side of an argument is crucial in being able to come to an agreement or common ground. Mediation has helped me to step back in my own personal situations and look at the conflict from all angles. Mediation has also helped me to pick up on human body language cues that can apply to every day conversations.

How does peer mediation promote a positive and safe school culture?
Mediation promotes a safe school culture because it provides a comfortable and open environment for those in conflict. In the mediation room, the parties in conflict are free to share their sides and opinions without interruption or verbal/physical conflict. I have found that many students have gone through mediation on various occasions because they have had positive experiences with it in the past.

In what ways is peer mediation more useful and effective than traditional discipline and adult centered forms of problem solving?
Peer mediation is more effective and useful than traditional discipline and adult centered forms of problem solving because it is a place without judgement or punishment. Mediation provides a place for students to work their issues out on their own without house or headmaster involvement. It is not a “blame and shame” environment, but an open one with freedom of expression and opportunity for the issue to be resolved on equal levels and provide common ground for the conflicting parties.

Jahnea, ’12 Peer Mediator

What have you learned by serving as a peer mediator? As a peer mediator, I have learned patience, and I’ve learned how to communicate and I’ve learned to be observant of other people and their body language. I’ve also learned that it is not always easy to help other people.
How does peer mediation promote a positive and safe school culture? I feel that peer mediation promotes a positive and safe school culture here at LS for the fact that when you are talking to your peers you can express your feelings any type of way you want to and as mediators we need to keep it totally confidential.  And just the comfort level when you know its confidential you are able to allow your emotions to totally take over and really express how you really feel in any situation.  It gives you a chance to look at both sides of an issue and to make sure that the party that you got in the altercation with is in agreement and fully understands the issue.

In what ways is peer mediation more useful and effective than traditional discipline and adult centered forms of problem solving?  Peer mediation is more useful than disciplinary codes for conflict resolution for the fact that when you’re brought in front of a counselor or a Housemaster you feel like you’re in trouble and this is what you have to do. Peer mediation is offered as an option, you volunteer to come and talk to the person you’re in conflict with.  So by you taking the initiative, it states that you are willing and open to express yourself and discuss why you acted as you acted.  I feel that once you are talking with your peers when an adult is not in the room you will be more honest about what you did and why you did it.  Peer mediation gives you the reason and the help to solve your own problems