There is a Zen saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher appears." I use every tool I have to engage and inspire students so that they are ready to learn. I also draw inspiration from the great Italian educator, Maria Montessori who wrote. "The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." We teachers work hard, pushing and pulling; cheering them on - all the while trying not to be seen. Preparing our students so that once we have vanished they can continue a life of learning without knowing we are always there beside them.