I love my class. I have a ton of great kids. My main behavior issue is talking. But, oh my word, sometimes, I think I'm teaching a bunch of corpses! Also, we are struggling with putting heads on desks. I've started the whole sit straight or stand policy. There are no naps in 4th, so you sit up or you stand up. This helps a little bit, but they still really struggle with wanting to lay their heads down. (And this is regardless of the hour or the day.) I try to make the class time energetic. I do my best to have a lot of interaction, but if I ever ask a question (Even AFTER I have them "stop, look, and listen" - their signal), you'd think they were hearing another language. And, I do utilize wait time. Another issue is lack of listening/comprehension. I have their eyes on me when I give directions. I have them lay their pencils and books down, as well. However, it never fails. I have 4-6 students who, after I've repeated the directions at least 2xs, have no earthly idea what I am talking about. I am going to start implementing the "Ask 3 Before Me" thing to try to alleviate this. So, here are the things that I do with my class: 1) Wait time 2) Pencils down, eyes on me, before I give directions 3) Work the crowd/Walk the room 4) Repeat the directions or question at least 2xs 5) Have students repeat the directions or question on 3rd time I am just ready to pull my hair out with the lack of responsibility, the poor listening skills, and constant barrage of "what are we supposed to be doing?" What makes it harder is that the students who ask this almost always have their eyes on me, but they tune out. I'm sure there are some "tricks" either I don't know or haven't implemented yet. Any advice? Because, I honestly don't know what to do and I need to get this remedied soon if we're going to have a good year for academic growth!