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  1. Strategy Overview

    Strategy Source

    Doug Lemov 

    What is this strategy about?

    Gradually increase the period of time pupils write for to develop productive writing and the ability to write for longer periods of time. This is great for when children start to write more advanced pieces of writing such as narratives.
    Try using the tips and tricks you learn from this strategy in your teaching to boost children's writing stamina further. It's great for increasing their confidence and helping them gain more of a natural flow with their writing.

    What is writing stamina?

    Writing stamina is the ability to write independently for extended periods of time without quitting. It's best to keep building children's writing and practice in chunks at a time. After a while they'll start to be able to write for extended amounts of time whilst remaining focused and avoid getting distracted.

    Tips for building stamina 

    • Encourage children to read more - it's great for boosting their vocabulary and increasing focus.
    • Try and take away any distractions in the classroom or home and create a calm learning environment.
    • Set achievable goals and keep tracking and checking them with them weekly.

    Why is it important for students to develop writing stamina?

    During exams, students are required to write as much as they can under timed-circumstances. Developing writing stamina will reduce the likelihood of sore hands to allow students to write for longer periods of time. It will also ensure they'll be able to finish the exam on time without getting worried about making the word count.

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  2. Choose this strategy if you want to...
    - Increase the amount of time pupils can write for 
    - Increase the quality of writing students are producing

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