How do I deal with students (ninth and tenth graders) who (continually) ask questions (often personal) that are meant either to a. distract me or b. be "funny?" If it was just once in a while it would be okay, but some won't stop. Examples: Where did you get that soda? how much did it cost? Do you like Pepsi One (maybe I shouldn't bring drinks in class?) What kind of tie is that? How much did it cost? What kind of car do you drive? Sometimes they relate to the subject under discussion but are not serious questions. We're reading a story that takes place in Turkey. "Do you like eating turkey?" And sometimes they are total non-sequitors. We're reading a passage aloud, perhaps, and someone will ask "can I open/close a window?" "What do you think of the Iraq War?" In the end, I find myself saying something to the effect of "no more questions!" But that doesn't seem very pedagogically sound. If I say, "serious questions only" it only evinces more joke questions with the defense "but I am serious." Please advise! P.S. I understand these questions may reflect some boredom on the part of some students, but I know some of it is resistance too, and, frankly, I'm not talented or smart enough to entertain every single student every minute of the day.