The PAX Good Behavior Game is gaining in popularity in Montana public schools, and aims to reinforce positive skills that help kids cope with real life challenges.
At Big Sky Elementary, Reagan Bennett’s first grade class was full of energy when she stopped and called for attention. “Hands on top,” she said. Students stopped, put their hands on their heads, and turned to look at her.
“That means stop,” they said, loudly in unison.
“PAX is not a curriculum,” said Claire Oakley, director of Population Health Services at RiverStone Health. “It’s a technique that you can incorporate into anything you do in the classroom. Absolutely, what’s important about PAX is it’s teaching children self-management skills.”
The game shows a way of thinking, speaking and reacting in a classroom. Specific games and language are part of everyday class life, reinforcing positive behavior.
Early results have shown Bennett that the game is putting her class on the right track. “We’re teaching them about doing the right thing because it’s the right thing,” she said. “It’s your job as a person. So much of education is teaching them how to be good people.”