Myra Cors, Elkhart County PAX Good Behavior Game CoordinatorBy Myra Cors, Elkhart County PAX Good Behavior Game Coordinator

The PAX Good Behavior Game (PAX) is a tool for teachers and students that uses proven instructional and behavioral health strategies. The approach not only improves classroom behavior and academics, but also provides a lifetime of benefits for every child.

“Beardsley Elementary has recently changed our mission and vision to include meeting the needs of the ‘whole child’. I have seen first hand how PAX supports the needs of the whole child. PAX helps our students to learn and grow in a safe environment and helps our students build skills to attend to academic, social, and emotional growth. PAX has helped our staff build a loving, non-threatening environment in which all students and adults can thrive.”

– Val Priller, Principal, Beardsley Elementary School

“Pax has been a positive, student-engaged, self-regulating program that has allowed me to teach more while keeping my students focused and engaged! It has also motivated students to take more ownership of their learning by holding both themselves and other students accountable with behavior and academics.”

-Michael Clemons, sixth-grade teacher at Beardsley Elementary, Elkhart

Research shows that students in PAX classrooms demonstrated:

  • remarkably fewer problem behaviors.
  • reduced risk for mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
  • fewer symptoms of depression.
  • reduced rates of bullying.
  • decreased suicide ideation and fewer attempts.
  • decreased tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use.
  • improved academics.

Also, teachers in PAX classrooms experienced:

  • greater success in student engagement, instructional strategies, and classroom management.
  • reduced stress.

Elkhart County Statistics

Newly trained PAX teachers who fully implemented the PAX game reported a 73 percent decrease in negative behaviors.

Seventy-two percent of teachers who used PAX experienced an 85 to 97 percent reduction in the number of negative and disruptive behaviors.

Eighty-five percent of teachers experienced at least a 50 percent reduction in negative and disruptive behaviors.

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Source: PAX Good Behavior Game