As some of you may remember I am teaching a drama class at one of the highschools at my site (Reminder, I am a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania). It meets once a week for two hours (I would like to meet more often, but its not possible). The class itself is going beautifully I have a group of really talented and enthusiastic kids I work with, time and again the exceed the high standards I hold them to.
There's just one little thing that is absolutely on my LAST nerve. The endless whining. "But that's not faaaaaaaiiiiiiiirrrrrr" "But I don't want to do this" "That rule is stupid" "But, but, but, but *insert lame excuse here". When I was growing up, and when I went to school, whining was absolutely not tolerated. In fact, it was the fastest way to get into even more trouble than you were already in and a great way to get privleges promptly taken away. As a result, I have zero tolerance for any form of whining. I have even dumped friends because all they did was whine and complain.
I have never worked with kids before, so this is all new ground for me. The kids don't whine near as much as they did when we started, but it's still too much. I have tried explaining, I have tried humor, now I am close to blowing my top, which I don't want to do. I do not want to lose control of my temper.
So two questions. Is this normal? How do I handle it calmly?