Teachers’ Experiences of PAX Good Behaviour Game
Breda Tomkins, teacher in St. Joseph’s N.S., Bonnybrook, and Clair McNicholas, teacher in Scoil Ide, Kilmore West, talk to Noel McGuinness about their experience with the PAX Good Behaviour Game. They say that the results have been very positive, students are more mannerly, they have more engagement with their work and are more productive. There is less arguing, less complaining and less disruption in the classroom. Breda is also working with Northside Partnership’s Preparing for Life as a mentor for the PAX Good Behaviour Game and she will be providing in-class support to teachers who have just completed the most recent round of training.
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Schools in the Rogue Valley are taking part in a program designed to help the students, as well as the community, thrive. The Pax game aims to promote peace, productivity, health, and happiness.
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