Am just looking for some opinions really. I'm being observed this coming week in a new school. I love working there and obviously want to make a good impression! I'm pretty confident on what I'm doing in the lesson but am in a real quandry over what to do with my TA in the main bulk of the lesson. I have two children in my class that are statemented and require an INA to work with them for the vast majority of the day (working at low P levels and we are in Year 2). Unfortunately my observation has been scheduled for the one lesson in the day when my INA is not in! In agreement with the SENCO, these children usually work independently during this session -practising basic skills at their workstation- this helps to build some independence and happens at one point most days of the week. Should I still do this during an observed lesson? Sometimes they achieve this work independently - other times they just wander about until I put them back in their seats! They are tricky to manage and work with and I'm worried about my whole observation going wrong! Should I let them continue working independently (lesson all about place value so I wanted them to use number moulds to make playdoh numbers for them to order from 1-10 the next day with INA) and be prepared for questioning by observer and potential fall- out if they decide to sit and eat said playdoh or throw it at each other? Or, use my TA or myself to work with them but lose out on focusing with my target group or highers where we could move the children on a great deal in the lesson? Argh!!! I don't know what to do for the best! What would you do? Thanks!