I have a child in my class whose name is NOT Simon, but for the purposes of this posting, will be referred to as Simon. I'm calling him Simon because every day, if I want him to do anything, I have to actually address him by name. If I don't, it's like he doesn't even hear me.
If I say to the class, "Boys and girls, please take out your science books," then everyone in the class will take out their science books, EXCEPT for Simon. He'll just sit there at his desk, totally oblivious to the actions going on around him. However, if I say, "Simon, please take out your science book," THEN he'll do as he's asked. And he's very consistent about this. It's not a once or twice occurrence.
So I've started making requests in the following manner:
"Simon, and everyone else, please take out your science books."
"Simon, and everyone else, please stop writing and take out something to grade with."
"Be sure to bring your jackets, Simon (and everyone else)."
Simon Says: clean your ears out!!