What is Behavior Management?



     Upon unit completion, students will be able to
     1) Define behavior management.
     2) Describe the key components of instruction that promote behavior management.

Information and Resources:

     According to Weber (1977) Behavior Management is that set of activities by which the teacher promotes appropriate 
     student behavior and eliminates inappropriate student behavior, develops good interpersonal relationships and a 
     positive socio-emotional climate in the classroom, and establishes and maintains an effective and productive 
     classroom organization. Thus, it is important for a teacher to recognize his/her actions and procedures and their 
     affects on student behavior and learning. 
     The goals of classroom behavior management are for good, or desired, behaviors to be promoted while distracting 
     or harmful behaviors are diminished. These can be achieved through a variety of methods, to be discussed in 
     later units. However, there are a few key elements that help to ensure a teacher's success for behavior management.
     These include: consistency, positive reinforcement and encouraged student participation with regard to program 
     To learn more about the results of positive behavior management it is suggested that 
     learners read File:Teacher's role.pdf, a case study and its findings. (Click the adobe icon to download the file.) 
  • If this does not open search for DOI: 10.1007/s10802-010-9411-4

Leflot, G., Lier, P., Onghena, P., & Colpin, H. (2010). The Role of Teacher Behavior Management in the Development of Disruptive Behaviors: An Intervention Study with the Good Behavior Game. Journal Of Abnormal Child Psychology,38(6), 869-882.

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   What was your previous understanding of classroom behavior management? Are there programs you use that you feel 
   may be categorized as behavior management?

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