Teacher L and I have been fortunate enough to have a man in the wee folk's classroom on Thursdays and Fridays. He's from Willamette's MAT program (Master of Arts in Teaching) and is doing his practicum with the 5-6 year olds. His student teaching will be in 4th grade at another SalemKeizer school.
L and I have both noticed a change in behavior from a few of our wee boys (who can be a handful) when he's in the room. He has a gentle presence and is such a natural with this age group, I imagine he'll be great wherever he lands. But I hope it's with elementary (K-2) children instead of intermediate (3-5). It's so rare to have men teaching in elementary schools, especially those who have the gift of being able to relate so well to this age group.
I asked him where he was doing his student teaching and then mentioned that perhaps he could find a chance to observe one of our 2 male teachers. I think it would be good to see how a man navigates the elementary situations that women often take for granted.