Dr. Montessori observed that any unnecessary help to a child is a hindrance to his development. In general, parents, teachers and care givers have a tendency to do too much for our children -things that they can and want to do for themselves. Doing so diminishes the child’s innate drive and devalues her efforts. In the Montessori environment, teachers look to step back as often as they step forward. Indeed, a goal of the Montessori teacher is that the child is working as if the teacher is not in the room.