My one class has such a hard time getting quiet when class starts. They all have a warm-up to do that I collect after 5 minutes, but this still doesn't do a lot to get the talking to stop. I've tried counting down from 5 to get their attention, but they don't respond to this signal. I've also put a timer up on the smart board and let it run until they are ready to listen. This is time that they lose from lunch and it USED to work really well, but now the students have the mindset that they lose their lunch time every day, so what's the point in trying to get quiet quickly. Any other ideas? If I could just get them to listen to directions for a few minutes the rest of class would go so much better!