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Date: Fri Nov 16 2001 - 18:52:54 PST

You probably already have tried things like this, but here's my 2 cents
I gather kids around my biggest group of tables and just keep reminding them
that the longer it takes for me to teach them what they need to know, the
less time they have to work. If they a few are goofing, they stop and other
kids help them stop. I also tell them it is their responsibility to find a
place to stand so that they can see. They can wiggle into a row of seated
kids and a row of kids standing behind them. If these things don't work, I
ask the culprit whose goofing the most to stand in the hall for a minute so
that I can continue without his/her interruption. If there more than one
student needs to leave, so be it. Then they miss work time, and the others
shape up. It is hard to hold their attention -- especially at this time of
year. You have to do whatever works!
Amy R.