I teach second grade and the majority of my class does not listen or follow directions. I will post exactly what they need to do (with pictures) on the board, but they will still ask me over and over again what they are supposed to do. Most will not start an assignment until I personally walk up to them and repeat the instructions. Last week I was sick. I told them in the morning that I would not be repeating directions that day so they needed to listen and look at the board. Of course they still asked me what they were supposed to do. When I told them to ask a friend, several of them had a complete meltdown. One was crying hysterically while another crumpled up his paper, pounded his fist on his desk, and screamed, "I don't know what to do!". I even had two on-task students repeat the directions to the class, but many STILL were not listening. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what I can do to help them improve their listening skills.