Good Behavior Game Creates Positive Results in the Classroom
Michael Aubrey, Special Education Teacher
Wabash Community Unit School District #348
South Elementary School in Wabash, Illinois, has successfully implemented PBIS, but the school staff and administration initially had concerns about whether the Good Behavior Game (GBG) would be a good addition. However, they soon came to realize that GBG effectively complemented and supported the PBIS framework in working to improve students’ behavior in school. After participating in a training on how to implement this universal strategy in their classrooms,
Teachers witnessed positive results almost immediately. One teacher noted that within two weeks of implementing GBG, he was able to teach lessons more efficiently, allowing students to cover more material in the same amount of time. Michael Aubrey, a second grade special education teacher, notes, “I now understand a new dynamic to my classroom management skills. Before, I never allowed the students to have the autonomy of their own behavior.”
GBG coaches also conducted a training for classroom assistants, the physical education teacher, and support staff at the school. The goal is for all adults in the school environment—from the principal to the administrative staff to the custodian—to learn about GBG in order to provide consistent messaging for students.
GBG leads to positive attitude shifts for students both in school and at home, as the youth carry lessons learned into other aspects of their lives. Many parents have become great proponents of GBG, as they note the changes in their children’s behavior.
The school regularly presents data illustrating GBG’s successes to the school board, the Juvenile Justice Council, and other partners to keep everyone informed of the school’s progress. By sharing its results and successes widely, the school plans to expand the implementation of GBG to other schools in the county.