We use the PAX Good Behavior Game school wide at Park Layne Elementary as part of our Positive Behavior Intervention Support System. The PAX Good Behavior Game® is a powerful evidence-based practice, consisting of proven instructional and behavioral health strategies used daily by teachers and students in the classroom. This universal preventive approach not only improves classroom behavior and academics, but also provides a lifetime of benefits for every child by improving self-regulation and co-regulation with peers. Children, their families, teachers, and society benefit for decades as a result.
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At Park Layne we teach students what it means to be a PAX leader. PAX leaders make great choices, use PAX Hands and Feet (PAX hands and feet never hurt), know how to show PAX Quiet (When an adult blows a harmonica, students stop talking, face the adult and raise their hand in a PAX peace sign.) and create PAX visions in every classroom and area of the building.
Captain PAX visits Park Layne Elementary and explains to students that she has six secrets to share with them to teach them how to be PAX leaders. Captain PAX shares one secret each time she visits. (These secrets just happen to line up with our district Culture Playbook.) See the video of Captain PAX’s visit below.
PAX is a big part of our Positive Behavior Intervention Support system. The purpose of PBIS is to teach kids to behave in appropriate ways so that they will have a positive school experience and mature into responsible adults as well. We teach kids to be respectful, responsible, peaceful, problem-solving PAX Leaders. We work together to earn PAX points which in turn lead to a school wide PBIS reward. After each reward, we set our goal for the next PBIS Reward. PAX points are earned each time everyone in the classroom wins a PAX game. PAX games are played several times each day in every classroom. The teacher sets the expectations for the game and determines how long the game will be played. As long as there are no more than 3 spleems/mistakes, the game is won and the winning teams or class get(s) to play a Granny Wacky Prize. Some of our school-wide rewards this year will include an ice cream party and extra recess, a picnic lunch with Miss Maggie from the New Carlisle Public Library, a Crazy Dance Party, popcorn and movie, Minute to Win It, Spodgeball and more. The more points we earn, the more reward parties we will have!
Also as part of PBIS, students can earn "hot tickets" from any staff member for demonstrating great behavior. When students earn a Hot Ticket, they write their name on the ticket and put it in a class bucket. Each class then draws one "hot ticket" from their class bucket each week and winning students are called down on Friday afternoons to have their picture taken for our district Facebook page and receive a small prize.