I like change, no I love change! I love when the seasons change. I love taking a new
way home from school. I can even learn to love when my favorite T.V. show gets moved to a
different time or night. As I think about the changes that I love, I realize that in order to make
these adjustments, I only need to adapt to what is going on around me. When it snows, I wear
a warmer coat and slow down when I drive. When I take a new route home, the road has
already been laid out, I just need to navigate to my destination, and when my T.V. schedule gets
rearranged, I still have DVR, so I can watch it whenever I want.
In order to make meaningful change in my classroom, I have to be the one to lead the
charge. I can’t just adapt, I have to put in the effort to make learning better for my students.
Over the last few months, I’ve realized that this is not easy. It takes lots of planning, trying new
things, and sometimes failing. In the end, if I can make learning better for my students, it has all
been worth it.
So, let me amend the title of my post. I love to adapt to change, but I am learning to
Matt Hasecoster is a 3rd grade teacher at Richmond Community Schools. He has been teaching at Crestdale Elementary since 2004. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University. Matt has previously taught 2nd grade and 4th grade, and year of Math Intervention. He has also spent the last few years training other teachers throughout the state of Indiana to use the Indiana Science Initiative curriculum. Matt and his wife, Sarah (a fifth grade teacher), have two children, Mira, age 8, and Landon, age 3. In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing and listening to music, and spending time with his