Literally they will not listen..... Not one bit!! We were taking notes today and kids were playing with their pencil boxes, whispering to eachother, doodling, fidgeting with stuff in their desk, staring off into space, and doing everything BUT listening!! It was a short 15 minute whole group lesson. How can I teach them how to listen?? (5th grade inner city) ugh so frustrating..... I agree it's important to do small groups, but how can I get through my intro lesson so that we can actually get into groups! Yikes... Any help would be appreciated By the way, we are an incentive free school so I'm not allowed to give tickets, or stamps, or anything, to encourage good behavior.