Teaching is messy and teachers are busy.
I get it.
Teaching reading and writing can seem overwhelming, especially when you are trying to reach every child. every need. every day.
You value literacy.
You know that you have standards to teach and assessments to take. But, you also want your students to enjoy reading and writing. Plus, YOU want to enjoy TEACHING reading and writing.
You want your students to feel confident in themselves and be independent learners by providing them with everything they need to be successful. You want to learn and grow as a reading and writing teacher. You want to help students organize their writing and be proud of their published work.
You want the tools at their fingertips.
You want to feel peaceful and calm during Reading and Writing Workshop by having the tools you need to deliver valuable, practical, and engaging lessons that make teaching literacy seem like a
My passion is Reading and Writing. I LOVE to watch students get excited about books and make big, bold moves as writers. My goal is to help busy, caring, and passionate teachers help their students see themselves as readers and writers.
As a 4th Grade teacher, my most important goal has always been to show my students how to LOVE reading and writing. If they already love to read and write my job is easy.
If they don’t—–
my job is IMPORTANT.
I hope to provide ideas and resources to help you ignite your love for teaching literacy as well as give you the tools to help your students be successful,
While my main focus is literacy, I have to tell you… As a teacher of #allthethings—-I get it.
You are busy. You have to be amazing at everything. Not only are you a teacher, but you are a reader, a writer, a scientist (geogolist, biologist, physicist, embryologist…yep.). You are a civics teacher, life skills teacher, a historian, a politician, AND… a mathematician.
You are EVERYTHING to those 22+ little humans. They think you know EVERYTHING. They truly believe you have all the answers. I was literally asked last week, “What was the cause of the Vietnam War?” …”What is the difference between Class A and Class B weapons?” At first, I felt inadequate because of course I can’t pull those answers off the top of my head. (And I’m not sure I even have them.) But then, I realized where those questions came from. He was reading a book about the Vietnam War. He knew that wise readers ask questions. He was practicing what had been taught. He was a natural reader.
This is why I do what I do. I want students to not simply read and write because they are SUPPOSED to, but read and write because they WANT to.
I am Jessica Bullock and it’s my passion to help teachers ignite their love for teaching and help their students become successful readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists. But mostly, good people. That’s what education is all about. We could spend all our time focusing on one or two subject areas, but that’s not what life is. We want our students to see how they all fit together. So while you may notice that my greatest passion is LITERACY.
I can’t say that is ONLY what I am about. I am not an in-the-box kind of girl! I’m thinking you aren’t either.
After spending 8 years of teaching grades 3-5, I started Butterflies and Daydreams because I had a passion and a love for teaching and learning that I needed to share with other teachers.
I spent 6 years in 3rd grade, a year in 5th, and have been teaching 4th grade for 3 years. In 2007, I graduated from University of South Florida, St. Petersburg with a degree in Elementary Education, K-6. I am such a nerd and love school so much that I went back for my Master’s in Reading Education, K-12. I graduated in 2012. I have worked with my district as a writing demonstration teacher as well as develop curriculum.
(If you’re nosy like me…. 😉
*I am engaged to the love of my life, Ryan. He is a firefighter and has ALWAYS made my dreams come true. Cheesy, but the truth.
*We have a 3 year old Doberman Pinscher that is our son.
*I could eat pizza, french fries, or tacos every day of the week.
*I enjoy running and yoga. Because I eat pizza, french fries, or tacos at least once a week.
*I use pizza, french fries, and tacos in my Math lesson at least once a week.
*I eat half of a large pizza. Every time. Since 1991.
*I think about food probably more than people. I need to work on that.
* I have 5 brothers. No sisters…But 2 nieces and one on the way. I think the next generation has got the girls covered! #whoruntheworld?
* I love teaching, I love learning, and I love children.
*I hope to write a children’s book one day. Or an adult book. I just want to write. 🙂
Why Butterflies and Daydreams? Yes, it is a lofty, whimsical name…but there is a deeper meaning behind it. I have often thought about changing the name to something more educational, but it has become a part of me and I can’t let it go. So, where did it come from?
In 2013, I had just finished my Master’s in Reading Education and was teaching 3rd grade. I loved teaching, loved my students, colleagues, and school. But, I would often think about what else I could do. How did I want to continue to grow? I am a forever learner and am always trying to find ways to grow. Did I want to be a literacy coach? Did I want to continue graduate school and get my doctorate? Did I want to write children’s literature? Did I want to work at Barnes and Noble? (I think that may be my dream job.)
I am a dreamer. I am a doer. I am a visionary. I am constantly thinking “what if….?” So when I say I am a DAYdreamer, I mean I am constantly in my head. Thinking. Dreaming. and if you want to get all scientific— Engineering. I like to solve problems in my classroom, in education (in my head, of course, because I’m probably not going to the DOE and voice my thoughts on educational issues), and in my life.
I began this blog because I love to write and needed to be writing. A book is still in my hopes, goals, and dreams—but I needed more immediate writing satisfaction. I did not begin this blog as an educational blog, but that’s where it evolved because I found that I loved sharing my knowledge, ideas, and creations with other teachers. As a teacher, I am CONSTANTLY learning from others, so I wanted a hub to share and document classroom ideas, resources, and anecdotes.
So that’s the daydream part, what about the butterflies? Well, butterflies are symbolic for hope, change, and resurrection. When we face adversity, sometimes all we have is hope and change. This is life. We are always hoping and changing. As a teacher, we have so much hope for our students for those 180 days. We hope they will learn to be more independent. We hope they will keep their amazing qualities as they grow older and life changes them. We hope they will achieve success even after they are not “our” students any more. (But, they will always be ours, right? 😉 )
On a deeper, more personal level—- butterflies have always been like a whisper from above that everything will be OKAY. Stop worrying, stop stressing, let go of the anxiety. Do what you need to do. It will all work out. And it usually does. “Like the way it is supposed to,” as my Dad would say.
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