A New Normal by Elian Richter

Journal Entry 2

Maria Hunter, an elementary Montessori teacher, writes at math problem on a white board for her online class on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. (Photo by Elian Richter)

As I sit at the end of the dining room table I listen as my mother gives a math lesson, it’s her fourth online class today. Ms. Hunter is an elementary grade Montessori teacher and her students are learning multiplication and division.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

As I listen, I come to the realization that my mom has to be the most patient person in the world. She treats each question with the same care and respect as the next, even when they seem a little silly. Teaching is what she was meant to do and It’s easy to tell this is her passion, no matter what’s happening there’s a kind smile on her face and a heart that is radiating love. When the day comes to an end she assigns a few small pieces of homework and before signing off tells each of her students that she loves them and is proud of them. 

This morning as I sit in the next room over as she decides to play a little joke on her kids. As they start logging in one by one all they can see is an empty chair and a white board that says “School closed due to sunshine,” she stands to the side quietly laughing at all their different comments and giggles. She finally steps into frame and with a puzzled face asks them “what are you all doing, didn’t you hear school is out?” They all burst out in laughter and gave her a hard time. Of course this was a joke, as they are all in the next room over learning multiplication and division online.

Ms. Hunter explains a math problem to her students during an online class on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. (Photo by Elian Richter)
Maria Hunter sits at one end of the table teaching an online class while her daughter Waverly Hunter works on homework from the other side on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. (Photo by Elian Richter)

2 thoughts on “A New Normal by Elian Richter”

  1. Dear Elian, I can imagine just how challenging this present situation is for you. If I were your age I would be going a little nuts. As it is I’m a little old lady and more used to a quiet life. I feel for you and all your contemporaries Just remember this to will pass. What doesn’t break us makes us stronger. Love you and thinking of you Nana


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