I walked into a situation where my two aides have been there for 10 and 4 years. The 10-year vet is friends with everyone in the building. She loves to chat. She also loves our kids, and they love her. That's a good thing. The problem is, we're kind of like oil and water. First of all, I'm not a chatter. I'd rather work. I also tend to micro-manage when it comes to the kids walking quietly down the hall and listening to instructions. I can tell this irritates her. When I'm modeling walking quietly down the hallway, she's chatting and making comments. I asked her and the other Aide if they would attend a reading program training specifically for Aides and she told me "We're not Aides. We're para-professionls. That training probably isn't for us." One day my husband came to my classroom just before lunch to bring me something to eat and to meet the kids. As I was giving my kids the "be good at lunch and listen to directions" lecture, he heard my Aide say "Great. Now we're going to get trampled in the hallway" not once, but a few times. The bell hadn't rung for transition yet and she likes to get to the next class without typical kids in the hallway running each other down. Understandable, but I'm not that clear on transition times. Other things that bug me; I put some books on her desk so that she could make copies for me and they sat there untouched. Finally I grabbed them on Friday and made all the copies myself. She made a comment the other day about how the teacher that I took over for was "perfect in every way." Most of the time when the phone in my room rings - the staff ask to talk to her. EVEN IF I ANSWER THE PHONE. This happened last week and I sent an email to the teacher and told him if it happened again, to please let me know. He never responded. Anyway, my husband tells me I need to lay down the law and let them know who's in charge. It's also been suggested that I hold a meeting with my Aides. The problem is, as soon as the kids leave - they leave. I just don't feel like we're getting along too well. I don't know what the problem is. I'm not a *itch, I have a pretty decent sense of humor, I try and include them in everything that I do. I even give them a copy of my weekly schedule. What's their deal? Anyone else having these problems? Jeesh. They're really pi$$ing on my teaching cornflakes.