Can You Spare an Hour?
If you are a new follower, you may not know that the 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups actually started as a challenge for children.
It is flourishing (over 8,000 entries last year) and children are benefiting from it. Their confidence is increasing and their writing skills are improving by leaps and bounds.
The reason it is so successful is comments the children get. They just love that they have a purpose for writing beyond keeping their teacher happy. Schools are encouraged to comment on posts to broaden pupils contact with other writers. Suggestions from peers hold a great deal of influence.
However, children also love to get comments from ‘grownups’. They understand that the 100WC is about sharing but also about getting better in their writing. So they do appreciate some suggestions of how to make that piece of writing even better. Obviously, it is done in a gentle and constructive way but we have seen great improvements to writing from children taking notice of comments.
The problem with every successful venture though is to maintain the standard. We desperately need more folks to comment. Team100WC is a group of adult volunteers who follow some guidelines and have a set of numbers to comment on each week. Generally, this would be 10 posts across a week. This would take in total about an hour of your time. The key is to pop in from Thursday to the following Tuesday to leave a comment.
If you think you can help please get in touch. This is not a one- off though. We are looking for people who can make this weekly commitment regularly. Obviously there will be things that prevent this but you can let us know and we can cover it.
Please do join the team. It will give you the chance to support young writers and you get to read some FANTASTIC work! Do get in touch by leaving a comment below or tweeting me @jfb57 or @theheadsoffice