My name is Ian Sharples, I am a Year 4 class teacher and ICT Subject Leader at St Matthew’s CE Primary School in Bolton. I am in my fourth year of teaching and I am immensely passionate about motivating children to write and have been looking for that little something extra, an incentive, to develop my class’ want for writing.
LendMeYourLiteracy’s idea is simplistic yet unquestionably valuable and I am thrilled that I get to be a part of it. Seeing the faces of my pupils during the LMYL Day at St Matthew’s was wonderful. Seeing how enthralled they were with their writing, and how motivated they have become since, has underlined to me what a fantastic concept LMYL is.
Children’s faces lit up with delight at the fact complete strangers spent a moment of their time to read and comment on their hard work. If I can spark that same reaction in other young writer’s around the globe, with a few moments of my time, then I can’t wait.
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth
Writing comes from the heart and is bred from emotions, thoughts and feelings. If a child can become inspired to write, or even be made to smile because of a simple view or comment then what are we waiting for? In my opinion LMYL should be a part of all schools Literacy and I am delighted that I’ve been invited to share its brilliance with others.