I'm currently student teaching in kindergarten, and have been with my class since February. I am starting my takeover within a few days, and I wanted some advice on getting my kids with me. I have an attention getter that seems to work..."alligator, alligator, chomp." This is unique to me...my master teacher does not use this. However, I feel like I am also consistently saying, "I'm going to wait for all of you", because a minute or two after using my attention getter, many of the kids are again talking or not giving me their attention on the carpet. I feel like the kids really don't care if "I'm waiting for them." What are some other ideas of what I could say or do that would help get the students with me? I most often have this problem first thing in the morning and after recess.