I'm good friends with another T.A at my school and it breaks my heart to see what is happening to her. There is a teacher in our school (primary) that we have all had to work with at some stage and so we can all understand what she is currently going through. This teacher is a strange woman, very nice outside the classroom but when in a classroom working with them is the most frustrating person in the world. No idea of manners of other peoples feelings and will simply not let you get on with the job you are perfectly capable of doing. My friend is a fantastic T.A, the kids adore her, she is endlessly patient, especially with the 'undesirables' and has a good rapport with all ages. This means she tends to have good results when working with small groups etc. But this teacher will not let you outside the classroom, so there is no opportunity for small support groups as the rest of us in the school would take. In previous years I know she has done endless research and resource making in her own time and stayed 'til all hours at the school but this year she leaves as soon as she can and is very quiet. She feels like a dogsbody, covering jobs it would be perfectly possible for the volunteers (Mum's) to undertake. She is rarely thanked for anything above and beyond her duties she might do. Frankly she is losing heart in the job and I know will be starting to look elsewhere for next year. I can't think how to help her?