I am in my thrid year of teaching and not having a great time of it all recently. I've had to be signed off work for the last 5 weeks due to pregnanncy related illness and during that time my classroom assistant has understandably taken a leading role in ensuring the children in my class have had a smooth a ride as possible. Since coming back, I'm finding things v difficult. I feel rubbish whatwith not being that great in pregnancy but my domineering classroom assistant is being even more unbearable. Shes always going on about how she has 30plus years experience and that shes worked with the best teachers and she had the best training. She also said today that I am only average and that I keep my children for far too long on the carpet.... I would agree I prob do sometimes, but I'm not rubbish although my teaching is only average at the mo as I feel average. Sorry for moaning on but I'm so fed up. Plus, its that happy medium between letting her take the ropes more when I feel ill and will obviously not be a part of the children's classes in 10 weeks when I go on Mat leave. She comes in to school and takes over my class, but she has no idea how much it takes to become a teacher and the work we do in the background every night with plans / evaluating etc, but shes always saying how brilliant she is. Does anyone have any good tips on living with less than great assistants?