High schoolers seem much more whiny than middle schoolers. With MSers I would just say "I'm sorry you feel that way" and move on. They're intelligent enough to realize that they're whining and stop it because they know its silly. With HSers, when I say that they, just roll their eyes groan, and whine to their partners about it who usually lend sympathetic ears, so the whining continues. Scratch that, they usually are whining to their partners and never directly to me anyway, but they're usually whining about me in loud voices so I can hear. I rarely respond to it. I was hoping that ignoring it would make it go away, but the whining continues and it just gives me a very negative vibe about my classroom. Most of the whining is about stupid things like "Ugh, what are we doing right now? I don't know what to do, this class is so stupid, he never explains anything, blah, blah blah." In reality, I have the instructions posted on the board, I've made sure I had their attention before describing what to do, and nearly everyone in the group knows what to do so they can just ask them. Or we're taking notes, and I also read aloud what I'm writing as I'm writing it so they can hear it and see it and usually 2 or 3 times, but I have a bunch who whine about not knowing what to write. If they listen and stop trying to whisper conversations all of the time, then they would get what to write down. My tack right now is to ignore their whining and let them reap the consequences of not listening, but any tips on how to tackle whiny dramatic high schoolers?