I'd like to hear others ideas for getting students attention to listen to directions. I have several methods that I use to get the students quiet, but many of my students from last year would get quiet but continue doing whatever they were doing. For example, if I would clap a pattern and have the class clap back, but some kids (usually the same ones) would pick their pencils back up and continue working! This happened despite continued reminders and practicing as a class. Does anyone have a good technique that both gets students quiet AND requires them stop what they're doing to listen?