This would make a great procedure (Harry Wong). Count to five or hold up one finger at a time when the class needs to refocus. Discuss what occurs for each number at the beginning of the school year and eventually the reaction will be automatic.
KETCHUP folder: When students are absent, place a "ketchup folder" on their desk and slide their missed assignments inside the folder throughout the day. Fun and creative way of getting missed work to students who were absent
One of my biggest goals is for my students to develop respect and show an understanding of the concept. I am also very interested in teaching in a private school so including God and faith in our classroom rules is a goal.