"We only think when confronted with a problem.” ― John Dewey
At Oakhill Drive, we use a solution focused conversation to support students in identifying their own solutions to problems. This builds confidence and resilience.
A solution-focused approach acknowledges issues, yet places attention on what is working well. We can ask, "What behaviour/change is wanted?" The focus is on finding a solution instead of focusing on the problem.
Acknowledge the problem e.g. scaling
Use optimistic thinking to determine a more positive outcome
Focus on what is currently working
Identify resources to enable solutions e.g. strengths, other people, materials
At Oakhill Drive, we use 'scaling' with our students to give a clear understanding of the intensity of feelings and how things are when a problem has occurred. The scale is used as a reference point of where things are now and how things can move forward. Scaling helps to focus on the degree of improvement towards the preferred solution or situation. A typical scale is from 0 – 10. 10 is when things are at their best and 0 is when things are the opposite. Younger students learn to use a feelings strength bar to identify the intensity of feelings from red 5 feelings to green 5 feelings.
Our conversations with students:
Identify the problem
Imagine the preferred future
Identify possible solutions
Identify resources to make changes