Perhaps it's spring in the air with kids getting antsier, but a minor issue that's popped up here and there throughout the year has become to a crazy head: I have nine students, almost a third of my class, who cannot give me their attention when I ask for it. And yes, I'm using "cannot" instead of "won't". This is more or less my group of kids with emotional/mental issues, and everything thing I've tried has failed. These kids will approach me to talk when I'm in the middle of signaling, interrupt me when I'm giving my message, and truly look at me blankly when I ask if they knew I called for attention. Truth be told, they only way I can get their attention is to physically touch them, and I hate having to go around to nine students asking for attention. I have tried: Various noisemakers including the chime where I ask them to raise their hand when they hear the chime finish. I have tried turning off the lights. I've tried waiting. Nothing is working for these kids. Any other ideas?