So,... music works AWESOME to keep kids in check while they're doing work.
Of course, people have talked about this for years, but I hadn't REALLY tried it because they normally ASK for music that doesn't really work for STAYING FOCUSED ... but I've found certain types of music that works awesome.
I've been using Metallica's Rockabye Lullabies with one of my classes. Amazing seeing them kind of mellow out and work, just glide through the class, it doesn't put them to sleep, but it calms them down in a rather cool way.
Then there's this other group that I just have to put on some Tiesto, Beanyles, Karlanton, Oakenfold, or Aldo D'Alessandro and they just dance through class, but WORK.
I actually had one kid dance his way over to me and go, "So, this is the line of the Missouri Compromise, right? Ahhh ok that explains the California mess better... ok Thanx!" and then just dance his way back to class.
It's Monday and they're working, on their own, calmly, ... enjoying the music nicely.