Please help! I have been teaching a number of years but have only worked in Nursery a couple of years. I am struggling with a particularly difficult cohort. I have 40 morning Nursery and 40 Afternoon. Some children are EAL with very little English and others pretend not to understand. I then have children who can't speak and others who choose not to do as asked. I really want this class to do well and achieve their potential but at the moment I am spending too much time getting their attention. Once I get their attention, others have waited so long they have switched off. I have used clapping rhythms, songs, quiet voices, puppets, shouting (sorry but I was desperate). I need ideas as today I felt like the worst teacher ever and they do deserve better. Please help!