Haven't kept up with the whole discussion, so I apologize if anything is repetitive! I think it (discipline, attention getting, etc) is dependent upon how you establish the environment in the classroom from the very beginning. It doesn't just happen, it is intentional, with activities that involve and teach students, for example, what it "looks like and sounds like and feels like" to be ready, have a class critique, work cooperatively, etc.
Check out the Tribes Process which is about building learning communities. http://www.tribes.com/index.html It reinforces much of what we know as good teachers as well as provide for tons of learning and growth as teachers. Whether your entire school subscribes to the approach or you implement strategies in the classroom, it should prove beneficial to both you and your students.
Although I am enjoying my summer, I'm already excited and busy planning for the start of school :-)