If you hear a harmonica being played in our school, it’s not a music class!
We have been fortunate enough through the guidance of scientist and child psychologist Dr Denis Embry of PAXIS Institute, United States, Arizona organised by Northside Partnership, to have evidence-based classroom management practise that is positive and rewarding for all involved.
“This universal preventive approach not only improves classroom behaviour and academics but also provides a lifetime of benefits for every child by improving self-regulation and co-regulation with peers.” ( https://www.paxis.org/schools)
So, if you hear a harmonica being played you know that the pupils are playing a PAX game in the classroom which promotes co-operation and attention during learning and then a reward afterwards. All our teachers and incoming teachers have been trained in this behaviour game and it is consistent throughout the school.
We have found that the implementation of this practise has helped our pupils work as a team, focused them on classwork to earn a reward, become good leaders and be more aware of self and others while creating a positive and cooperative atmosphere in the classroom.
It has been a valuable resource to our school and has had a profound effect on our school environment.