Behavior Management Definition,
Decision screen for making decisions to change behavior, Implementing change, 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

Every educator must create a decision screen for making decisions. Such a screen should include ideas that include the can and will ideas as in the diagram. The following sample questions do.Behavior implementation variables

  1. Will changing the behavior be detrimental, in any situation, for the person?
  2. Will the person find the behavior, we desire them to learn, to be personally self-fulfilling and productive?
  3. Can the person do the behavior or learn it?
  4. Will the person choose the behavior when appropriate?

If the answer to the first question is: no and the answer to the second: yes, then we can be better insured a person will not only learn the behavior and satisfy the educator's or significant other's desire for the person to change. Next, does the person know the behavior or can she or he learn it. Last, will the person want to use the behavior and if he or she does, will they find it meets their personal needs better.

Remember the goal is self-discipline, not monitored discipline.

Implementing a change

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

Fair-pair rule

The fair-pair rule requires: an inappropriate behavior be replaced with an appropriate behavior.

When this is achieved it will provide the person with something they desire: replacing self-limiting behaviors with mastery oriented behaviors.

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Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes
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