A Montessori teacher must believe that there are no "bad" children: there are only those who need to be directed toward work that will occupy them. In writing that, I am reminded of Michael, a boy in one of my first classrooms. At the beginning of the school year he wanted only to talk and tease the other children. He constantly disturbed the others and had to be guided away. Initially, my co-teacher and I wondered if he would ever settle down but decided to have faith in the method and to observe carefully. When Michael interrupted others, we would distract him in order to stop the disturbing behaviour. Often we would quietly remind him of the classroom rules or, at other times, we would simply guide him back to the Practical Life shelves.