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!
So what was the big a-ha? For me it was these three things:
- Behavior management is for some kids while classroom management is for all kids.
- Classroom management has to do with management of the instruction, while behavior management might have nothing to do with instruction, per se.
- 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?