Mediating Conflict

Two's a negotiation, but three's a mediation! Demonstrate the differences between the two processes through a role-playing lesson plan. The activity familiarizes pupils with the role of a mediator and examines the types of situations that often require a neutral third party. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals share any mediation experiences they've had to help others compare mediation with negotiation
  • If possible, ask a professional mediator to speak with the class to discuss mediation as a career
Classroom Considerations

  • Groups of three to four work best for the role-play scenarios

  • The role-play scenarios are very relatable for high schoolers
  • A thoughtful teacher's guide contains plenty of implementation tips, printables, and resource links

  • None
Common Core