I love my job as a TA. Part of my job is to help my students do science, social studeis , and helath in regular 5th grade classes. Unfortunately, I have problems with one boy. He ignores everything I say and when other staff repeat the directions that I give him he will follow them. Usually I have put up with this except the science teacher gets angry if I cannot discipline him. He will not listen to me in the science class and she gets angry if she has to give him instructions. I have told our special education class teacher about this and she says that I have to put up with it as this boy treats all new staff this way. If he gets to out of control I have to call administration which fortunately I have had to do only once. The other day we had a 5th grade assembly and this boy started talking. The science teacher asked regular kids to get up and stand at the back. When this boy acted up she ran over to me and demanded very harshly that I ask the student to get up and stand at the back. I went to the student and nicely asked him to get up and stand. He simply turned his back to me. I went over to another teacher and asked her to make the same request to this student. He complied with her request. I almost wanted to smack the kid. Then he started fidgeting after he was standing. The science teacher came up to me in front of everyone and demanded in a harsh voice "Isn't it your job that to stand next to that boy?" I told her no that standing next to him would only make things worse. She left in a huff. I was very humiliated at that assembly. I am not this kid's one -on-one aide. What am I supposed to do as an aide if a student does not follow my directions and the staff in the classroom makes excuses for the kid? It makes my job difficult. I also do not think that my job requires that I be embarassed in front of the staff. I know most of the other TAs would be livid if this happened to them. Terry G.