I'm currently reaching the end of my placement and only have 1 observation left. For the last few weeks a recurring theme has been running throughmy feedback- use of TA. I have improved but todays observation was dire. TA walked into class halfway through input (this couldn't be helped) and sat right at the back of the class, well away from the children sat on the carpet.I didn't say anything during lesson and continued, I talked to the TA to ensure understanding (I'd talked to her previously) and she did come over to ask a few questions which the observer liked however I was severely down graded in this area because of lack of use of TA during input- a wasted asset and because its been a recurring theme. I now only have one observation to turn this around. I've been really struggling with TA's I'm very young and they've been doing this job for a few years. They generally only come into the lesson during the activities unless I'm been observed in which case they do come in earlier. Anyway my question is: how do you/would you use the TA? I need to show interaction with them but just all round improvement with TA's. In the past I have: given them a sheet describing the lesson and key questions to ask. Given them paper with children's names on for assessment purposes. This only received basic useless information back e.g. so and so understands. so and so did this easily. So the next time I did this I asked them to write down what they say to show understanding. Didn't work. Next time I wrote 3 questions to ask and for them to write responses- didn't work. Same sentences as last time. Any thoughts/ideas would be greatly received. Just want it to be known I do think the TA is lovely and really good working, interacting with the children and other adults. The fault mostly lies with me.