Can't help but think we have all got rather a long way from the OP. The fact that teachers like overtherainbow are wanting to know how to work effectively with their TAs is a positive thing. The role of the TA differs widely from school to school. The most important thing is having that desire to work together to deliver the best education for our pupils. My CT knows that she can trust me to follow her planning and use my initiative. However I certainly don't think that I am too good to be laminating or washing paint pots. We are a team:there have been plenty of times when I wash and she dries in fact !