Manage Energy, Not Behavior

By Dr. Will Henson

The term behavior management is ubiquitous in education. However, great behavior managers don’t manage behavior – they manage energy. When they are working with a behavior that is unwanted, they don’t focus on changing that behavior right then and there. Instead, they direct their energy to the tone and mood of the situation.

Since most challenging behavior is intense, rapid, reflexive, and survival oriented, most responses need to be regulatory instead of confrontational. If you’re having trouble with challenging behavior in your classroom try this:

Present a calm and focused energy yourself. Keep the tone and mood of the classroom positive and feeling safe.  If you start with that foundation, you can move on to academics and changing students’ behavior much more easily.

What are some other ways you have found successful in managing energy, not behavior?

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