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What about kids who whine? Suggestions?

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JKGIBB1_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Sep 28 2002 - 06:39:29 PDT


This is not exactly art-related, but my co-workers and I have noticed that
this year's seventh graders WHINE about EVERYTHING. Is this a trend? (This
is year #26 for me, so I have seen changes over the years.)

I am really having difficulty dealing with kids who whine and say "That's not
fair!" (I am not talking about true injustices--I am talking about things
like not getting a sticker or a piece of candy, not being the first table to
be dismissed to lunch, etc.) The academic teachers hear it about homework,
having to read, grades, etc.

After the events of Sepember 11th and losing a brother to cancer this year, I
can think of a LOT of things that seem less fair than not getting a sticker.
The whining is really grating on my nerves. How do all of you deal with it?
"That's not fair!" seems to be the mantra of the 7th grade class. Some even
whine because they have to come to school!!!!

I talked to a couple classes about it and it helped me to get it off my
chest. They seemed to understand what I was saying, but I don't know how
long it will last.

A co-worker told me to stop wasting my money on things like stickers,
birthday certificates, candy, little prizes--she said that will help stop
some of the whining.

Suggestions are welcome!

Thanks!

Irene

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