I didn't want to hog the other thread about attention-seeking boys, so here is my own view of it: I've got those kind of boys in some of my classes, too. And I've got those quiet good ones whose parents tell me they love the subject but they hardly ever put their hands up and I've hardly ever spoken to them in my life (or so it feels). I find it hard to do this 'tactical ignoring' because I've recently been observed and told that some of my tactical ignoring is being interpreted by the boys as tolerance. I've been told that I let small problems build up to bigger ones by ignoring them, and I've been told to stamp down on small instances of misbehaviour right from the start. So I'd like to know what I can tactically ignore, and how to do it. I'm finding it hard to be so constantly watchful, and I'm finding it hard to find the right vocabulary to deal with the small stuff. I don't want to interrupt my lesson all the time. I know that I can deal with some things just by moving to the place where the trouble's taking place (e.g. swinging on chair - just pushing the chair back to the floor whilst carrying on talking). But I do find that if I ignore calling out then the calling out tends to continue. I feel like a broken record saying 'I'm not responding to anyone calling out' (I suppose I'm already responding by saying that) or 'x, turn round and face the front', 'y, I want to see you doing the work NOW, not looking round the classroom'. I find that a lot of the trouble starts because instead of concentrating on the work, some of the pupils are constantly looking round the classroom to see what else is going on - whether there's any trouble they can get involved with - somebody flicking a piece of rubber perhaps, someone laughing? I think for some of them the lesson isn't about the work at all: it's a game about behaviour. Who can get whom into trouble? Who can get away with what? Is she going to do x if we do y? I've taken to absolutely never turning my back on anyone with those classes, but of course it still happens that I bend over my computer for a moment or so, and then somebody throws something or whatever.