I'm not sure if I'm feeling burnt out or what, but lately I find too many of my students just annoying and I don't have my usual oomph to deal with them. One is a pair of adorable, sweet 4th graders. I really like the guys. I have what to teach them. I'm into it. They like to fool around, try to waste time, and make jokes. One seems to have Asperger's (I don't believe he has this diagnosis at this time but totally fits the description to a T) and genuinely thinks he would like to be a comedian, so on one hand I really don't want to squash it out of him, but on the other hand it is really not funny and he is wasting a ton of time. The other kid gets a kick out of this and tries to play along, even though he does not have that genuine belief that this is his life's calling. Between the two of them, we are moving at a snail's pace when really they are pulled out with me for the purpose of having MORE targeted instruction. The "comedy," by the way, consists of such things as saying "Ummmm, uhhhh, let me seeee, Yes babe - I mean Yes maam, I think that would be, weeeellllll let's seeeee...." basically it takes the guy five minutes to respond to something he already knows. But without waiting for some kind of response, how am I supposed to know whether he's following the lesson at all? Written responses are only slightly better - he will start doing theatrical "finger stretches" and the like, and then the writing itself naturally takes longer than just saying the response. I'm hesitant to target this behaviorally because the kid honestly thinks he is a talented comedian and I don't want to burst that bubble. I did try a few times to teach him about timing, when it is and isn't appropriate to do his comedy, but he didn't accept it on my say-so and who can blame him when his classmate reacts as if it's a riot? Well, that's one of my annoying behavior situations. Any advice?