Mediate (vi/vt)

OK, folks, I’m taking the the rest of the day off from computing in all forms. But before I do, here is a context clues worksheet on the verb mediate. It is used both intransitively and transitively. You surely see the noun media inside this verb. Moreover, you may see the Latin word root medi, meaning middle.

So, unsurprisingly, in its transitive form, this verb means “to bring accord out of by action as an intermediary,” “to effect by action as an intermediary,” “and to act as intermediary agent in bringing, effecting, or communicating,” and “to transmit as intermediate mechanism or agency .” In the third and fourth definitions, teachers will see the work they do: to mediate between instructional content and students to create a situation where the most deep, broad, and therefore effective learning occurs.

Intransitively, mediate means “to interpose between parties in order to reconcile them.” In other words, mediate here describes what goes on, say, in a divorce mediation, or in a negotiation for a labor contract.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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