I am now a TA working at a high school--I only got hired on Dec. 1, 08, so still new at this though I subbed there for months before I got hired. The main teacher I work with teaches science, and I hate to say this, but she is the worst teacher I've ever seen, and I've seen quite a few. Her classes are chaotic and she is never prepared for the class--she just opens the textbook and wings it most of the time. The problem is that she has it in for this one student--a black kid--and I mention that only b/c I fear it could be partly racial, though there are lots of other black kids in the class--our school is about 1/2 and 1/2 and she does seem to favor the white kids. She sent him to the corner twice this week and gave him a zero for the day b/c of attention problems--once they were counting off into groups and were supposed to count 1, 2, or 3, and when he said 4, she sent him into a corner. The other time, she was lecturing and a kid outside the class came and plastered his nose against the door and the kid I'm speaking of reacted slightly. Back to the corner--never mind that several other kids also reacted, some even giggled. The problem is that this kid is really getting discouraged and feels like why should he try anymore if he's only going to get into trouble anyway. He tries very hard, but has attn problems as well as other LD problems though his IQ is normal--I looked him up. Also, this teacher is his caseworker, so he can't really go talk to anyone. Is there a way I can help him w/o getting into trouble with this teacher? I've let him know that I'm there for him, and we have a new supervisor who seems to like me pretty well, so I'm wondering if it would help to go talk to her, or just make things too difficult for me and make his fate worse. Or should I just stay out of this and help him? I feel like when I help him though that I'm going behind her back. This poor kid needs help or he's going to fall thru the cracks--he's such a neat young man.