Good Behavior Game

The Good Behavior Game is one of the most well validated, school-based preventive interventions for improving classroom behavior and performance. Its core involves small teams of students working together. When teams work cooperatively with a minimum of disruptive behavior, they earn simple rewards, such as extra time for recess. Beginning in the 1960s, researchers found that the game reduces disruptive behavior and increases students’ instructional engaged time.

PAX GBG is an evidence-based school intervention used in the classroom to create a nurturing environment that is conducive to learning. With the assistance of Yamhill County Public Health, the CPW Committee sought collaborative school partners to implement the program. At the YCCO Early Learning Council meeting, where all seven school districts in the county are represented, three schools volunteered to be part of the PAX pilot program, Faulconer-Chapman Elementary in Sheridan, Willamina Elementary, and Yamhill-Carlton Elementary.

The pilot initiative was formulated to determine whether this program would be beneficial for the community and if expansion to countywide implementation was warranted. For the 2016-17 academic year there were 19 teachers who used the PAX GBG in their classrooms, impacting more than 150 elementary students.

Speaking Frankly: And How We Doin’- Yamhill County PAX Good Behavior Game

Good Behavior Game Assessments from 2016-2017 school year

For More Information

Thank you for your inquiry about our PAX Good Behavior Game Program, for more information, please contact Samantha Kinney, MPH at