100 Word Challenge is growing!
That is great news. It means that even more children are being inspired to share their writing with the world.
In case you have not heard of 100WC (where have you been! ) it is a weekly writing challenge where children are given a prompt of a few words or a picture. They then write a creative piece using just 100 words. This is posted on their class blog then linked to 100wc.net where a team of volunteers comment on them.
It is the comments that have made such a difference to the writing. Getting a comment from someone outside of the class has given these young writers a purpose beyond pleasing Miss or Sir. This global audience has had a huge impact on the quality of writing but also on confidence and motivation.
As it is growing though, it means I need more folks to comment and join Team100WC. Can you help?
Perhaps if your school takes part you could find a teacher or a parent to join!
You would have some guidelines and some numbers (maximum of 10) to visit each week. It takes the maximum of an hour across a week as they are posted from Sunday through to Saturday.
These young writers really do need your support so please get in touch either by leaving a comment below or contacting me on twitter @theheadsoffice
THANK YOU!THANK YOU!THANK YOU!THANK YOU!
If you are reading this, it means you have an interest in blogs. It also means you are interested in reading which means you are interested in what people write. Some of you may even leave a comment below which completes the circle.
As a writer, I know how it feels to get comments from my readers. They provide me with an opportunity to have a discussion with them, to learn their views and extend my own knowledge. All writers want their work read.
Imagine now how it must feel to be a child who maybe finds writing difficult but who has managed to produce a short piece of writing that has been posted on the class blog. You could make a huge difference by stopping, reading and leaving a comment.
The 100 Word Challenge and the 5 Sentence Challenge provide the vehicle for both writer and reader. As the children only have to write 100 words, it encourages those reluctant writers to have a go whilst challenging the able scribes to be circumspect with their words.
As a member of Team100, you will be given a maximum of 10 posts to comment on each week. Having a few words of encouragement from someone outside of school has been shown to make a HUGE difference not only to the quality of their writing but also to children’s confidence and motivation in many aspects of school work.
The Word Challenges are really having an impact in classes across the world. Do visit 100wc.net and read all the tabs to see comments from children and teachers on how much your comments mean!
This can be one resolution that will really make the New Year great. After all, IT’S ONLY 100 Words!
Get in touch via a comment below or tweet me @theheadsoffice
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Unless this is your first visit here, you can’t have failed to miss that I have another blog that takes up lots of my life. It is 100WC.net and is where the 100 Word Challenge runs from.
The blog was recently nominated and then short-listed in the ‘Most Influential Blog’ award Yesterday I found out that it was judged Runner Up! I’m so delighted and want to say a HUGE thank you to all the teachers who post the children’s work every week. I’m so grateful to Team100WC for their sterling efforts to comments on all the pieces but the biggest thanks must go to the children who are generous enough to share their work with the world.
The judges said:
“Countless class blogs enter the 100wc challenges each week. This site makes the most of a very simple idea – 100 word challenges – and has created an international creative community in the process.”
The blog will now have a new badge to celebrate the success. If you are a teacher or someone who is part of Team100WC – this is for you!
The 100 Word Challenge is growing!
It is flourishing 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 Wednesday 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 sending your details to [email protected]