Does anyone else have problems with TAs who don't' seem to know how to support the teacher? As a part-timer who teaches several different groups in a day, I'm getting tired of TAs who (a) sit on the side chatting while I'm teaching then don't know what the children are supposed to be doing when they start their task and, worse, (b) jump in to discipline children when I'm using a more subtle strategy, e.g. tactical ignoring of some sort of behaviour. Perhaps they think they're helping but it just comes across as them thinking I haven't noticed some child's indiscretion so they'll sort it out for me. I have 30 years teaching experience and am perfectly comfortable with deciding when and how to discipline but these ladies obviously think they know better! Isn't tactful teacher support part of their training?