So, I've started this new thing lately. I refuse to move on until I have everyone's attention. I look around and note who is and isn't paying attention and until I get 100% attention, I tell them that I'm going to repeat myself again until everyone has listened and understood what I said. It takes a lot of time, but a miracle happens when I do this. Everyone understands the lesson! All they have to do is actually listen to me and I get comprehension. But it is such a battle to get their attention. My teaching environment is, to be sure, not conducive to focus and attention and many of my students have serious attention issues. Many of them also give up very easily and decide that something is too hard and others just don't care very much to begin with. My question is - what strategies do you use to get and keep their attention. I feel like if I could win that battle, I could win the whole war. It saddens me how much is lost in my classroom because their attention is elsewhere. BTW, I'm no quiet little mouse sitting at my desk in the corner of the room. I'm loud and energetic and don't go near my desk until lunch. Most of the instruction is in small groups, so usually they're with me in a ratio of 5:1 at most.