Hi, I'm currently a music PGCE student, struggling with some year 9s in my final placement. Generally, throughout this placement, and especially my first placement which was at quite a rough school, I have been told my behaviour/classroom management is good, however I can't seem to get through to a group of year 9 girls. They seem to be laughing at me behind my back. Now, I'm not upset by it or anything, as I've got a thick skin, my dilemma is how it effects my standing with my class. It's hard to be in a position of authority when some of them are laughing behind my back. I think it may have to do something with me being male, as another male PGCE student at my school as mentioned the same type of problem. Any advice for how to deal with it and assert my authority? Thanks!