I usually don't have a problem with this because I work with students in small groups -- five or six students. However, I have one group of fifth graders who consistently does not pay attention. Today we were reading from the book Love that Dog by Sharon Creech. The word anonymous is in the book, and I asked the kids to try to figure out what it meant (context clues were EVERYWHERE). Two kids figured it out, but the other three kids weren't paying attention at all. They stare off, or look at each other and laugh... I called them out on it, saying that the only way to do well in school was to pay attention, and the one girl was like, "I never pay attention." This made the other two kids laugh. Cause it's soooo cool to never know what's going on. They are like this regardless of the subject we're reading about. I asked them for interests when I first started working with them and they had nothing to say. I want to shake them! On a side note, one of these kids has the worst attitude I've ever seen in someone so "young" (he's 12 in fifth grade. He makes little mistakes in reading all the time (come for came, for example). Whenever he's corrected, either by me or by the other students, he says, "I said that," as in, "I did not make a mistake." The way I "correct" students is to say, "Read that again...what is that first (or second, whatever) word again?" Most students recognize their mistake. This kid looks at me like, "What the f is your problem? I said it right the first time!" I understand he has probably been constantly corrected in his reading and is defensive, but his attitude sucks. ARGH.