I'm hoping someone will be able to offer advice on how to work more effectively with one of the TAs in my class. She is a very experienced TA in that she has been at the school for a long time, but I find her very little help in the class. If I didn't say anything to her she would happily sit on a chair at the back of the class and do nothing. Today I feel particulary low about it because the lesson didn't go well and while I was struggling with behaviour issues and some children not understanding the work she just sat and did nothing and what is more I felt she was judging me. I've tried giving her detailed plans of what I want her to do and it has helped a bit but if something unexpected happens she is seemingly unable to use her initiative about what to do. Also if I don't give her detailed plans one day (because they take ages!) she will never think to just do the same things that she has done before _ she will just go back to doing nothing. She doesn't always do what is on the plans either. Tonight I have written a detailed list of what I expect her to do at each point of the lesson. For example, please arrive on time, please read the plans, if you see someone misbehaving please have a quiet word, please write a brief note about the children in the group you are working with etc. - all things that the other TAs I work with do automatically. Do you think she will be offended by this? I like her and have a reasonably good professional relationship with her.