I had a huge a-ha today while I was working on a new conference presentation: I was using the terms “classroom management” and “behavior management” interchangeably.  I think I knew they were slightly different, but it dawned on me today that they are VERY different.

Here’s a graphic from my presentation, detailing the differences between Classroom Management and Behavior Management…I’m practically saying, “DUH!” to myself as I type this!

classroom verses behavior management

So what was the big a-ha?  For me it was these three things:

  1. Behavior management is for some kids while classroom management is for all kids.
  2. Classroom management has to do with management of the instruction, while behavior management might have nothing to do with instruction, per se.
  3. My biggest a-ha is that both classroom management and behavior management are preventive: they are preventing different things, but when they are carried out well they are preventing things from happening, nonetheless!

Was this ONLY a new concept for me?  What do you think?