Behavior Management Definition and the Fair-pair Rule

Behavior management is all of the actions and conscious inactions to enhance the probability people, individually and in groups, choose behaviors which are personally fulfilling, productive, and socially acceptable (Shea & Bauer, 1987).

Decision screen for making decisions to change behaviors

As educators we must screen our decisions by first asking:

Will changing the behavior be detrimental, in any situation, for the person?

And second:

Will the person find the behavior, we desire them to learn, to be personally self-fulfilling and productive?

If the answers are no and yes, we can be better insured the person will not only learn the behavior and satisfy the educator’s needs, or any other significant-other person wanting a change, but will want to learn and use the behavior, because it will better satisfy their personal needs.

This is necessary to achieve - self-discipline.

Implementing a change

Identify a socially acceptable behavior you believe the student will see value to learn for the purpose of replacing an inappropriate behavior.

Fair-pair rule

The act of replacing an inappropriate behavior with an appropriate behavior is known as the fair-pair rule. When it is achieved it will provide the person with something they desire:

Replacing self-limiting behaviors with mastery oriented behaviors.


Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes