Big Changes

So the last 6 months of my life have been a little chaotic, very stressful, and so incredibly amazing.

REWIND TO JANUARY: 3 months pregnant, I came across an amazing opportunity to return school and get my master's degree for free. I started working on my grad school application. I fully intended on going back to school in the evenings and working full time during the day with a new baby, knowing that it would be crazy but so knowing it was my chance to get my masters before life got in the way.  

FEBRUARY:  My baby was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at our 20 week ultrasound.  My emotions went crazy and my husband and I were going day by day, learning about what was to come.

MARCH- APRIL: I left for San Francisco for a month for fetal surgery to repair his back while he was still inside me. Basically, this is a C section but they sew the baby back up inside you and he keeps growing. I still can't wrap my mind around it.  While I was in California, my husband purchased and moved us into a new home. When I got home, I was pretty much on bed rest until I delivered.

MAY: Meanwhile, I took the GRE and was accepted into the masters program. One of the biggest risks of fetal surgery is preterm delivery and my son was born at 32 weeks. We were in the NICU for a month and are finally home. Whew...I obviously didn't return for the rest of the school year and had a long term sub take over my classroom from mid March through the end of the year in May.  My classroom is a disaster.  

THE BIG CHANGE: Because of the intensive medical needs that my baby will have, especially this first year, I've decided that my best option is going to be to work part time.  So, I will be splitting my classroom with another teacher. I am slightly terrified. 

I am so nervous to give up control of half of my classroom. I know some of you can relate with me here. As educators, we tend to be overly obsessive and feel the need for things to be exactly our way and perfect.  Working half time means someone else will be in my classroom, working with my students, using my materials. Kinda a big deal. At the same time, I know that this is the best thing for my family. I can't work full time and go to school full time and be there for my son and his doctors appointments.  Even so, I am extremely nervous about sharing responsibility and control with someone else. But I made this choice because it's what is best for my family, and I'm doing my best to look at it like a personal growth experience.

1. I will really need to work on my communication and adult interaction skills for this to be a positive experience (for both me and the other teacher).
2. My students have the opportunity to learn from two great teachers and two sets of eyes and minds to give them opportunities that I couldn't on my own. We have the chance to build a really great special education program. 
3. I'll have more time to work on TpT and make new products and blog.

Speaking of blogging, check out what's coming next week!

I'd love to hear your experience and advice!  Have any of you worked part time or co taught?  What tips can you share to help make it the best experience it can be???

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