…….with the Scaling Tool. This tool can help measure how a young person is feeling generally, or to measure their perception of a specific issue such as bullying or taking exams, for example. It helps put these issues in a realistic context, clarify commitment and aids measuring progress over time.
Using the attached PDF file below:
- Show the young person the scale, and describe what each end of the scale might look or feel like. So, if we are talking about David’s behaviour in Mrs Johnson’s class, a ‘1’ might be getting sent out almost immediately due to extremely poor behaviour, and a ’10’ might be staying in class all lesson and completing the appropriate work to a good standard. Get him to circle the most appropriate number.
- Ask David how he knows he’s at that number, and list his responses.
- Now ask him which number he would like to be at, and circle it. Ask him how long he thinks it might take to get there. Set a realistic timeframe.
- Now ask David to describe (and you can list) how he will know when he has got to that desired number; what would be different about his behaviour/achievement/relationships etc
- Now identify a small goal, that David can achieve by the next session, that would move him up the scale (say from a ‘3’ to a ‘4’, where a ‘4’ might be not having to be removed from the class before the end). Ask him what actions he can take to get there and seek a commitment.
- Repeat this process each coaching session, celebrating David’s successes, and reminding him of how he did it, and the strategies he used.