We just got our rosters for September. I tend to get the lion's share of the behavior issues (not to mention, also the lion's share of the crazy parents because of the fact that I usually win them over). Anyway, when one of my female colleagues saw I had Mark [changed the name for anonymity] this year, her response was "Oh, he'll be fine since you're a man." Mark was a student that this colleague spent all of last year complaining about how hard he made her life, and how poorly behaved he was. This kind of comment gets under my skin. Yes, I will concede there may be a couple of students who, for whatever reason, respond better to men, but the vast majority of my students don't automatically respect me just because I have a penis...... It''s because I create engaging lessons, give them immediate feedback, know my content inside and out, and try to form meanginful connections. This is not easy work. This is not to mention the fact that I'm not some loud, bellowing man. I'm relatively soft-spoken. I hate to throw this word around, but these types of comments that I routinely hear come off as sexist.