One of my consistent discipline problem is students singing and humming, sometimes even talking gibberish during what are supposed to be quiet work times (reading, doing exercises, in-class writing--all "homework" must be done in class at my school). I find it very distracting and annoying and imagine some of the other students do as well, but maybe I'm being to anal? My students, all boys, arrive in my English class late in the day, between 4 and 7 pm, after a long day of religious study and prayer and are typically wound up. (For more details, see my other postings). Should I a. Be more strict and really lay down the law about these kinds of disturbances (including tapping of pens, pencils, etc.)? b. Let it go on, figuring it's a harmless outlet, and my annoyance is due to wanting too much control? c. Lead the class in some sort of sing-a-long or percussion game at the start of class to "get it out of their system?" Or will that just wind them up more? Of course, some may say, and perhaps, rightly, that these students are bored, and I need to do more to stimulate them. Fine, I'm open to suggestions, but really, I'm doing the best I can right now and there are inevitably times when students will have to do something that is less than thrilling to them as individuals. Right? Please advise.