Technique - Quick Writing

A simple technique that provides space between a question and its possible answers, and allows everyone to gather their thoughts and express themselves privately before joining a discussion.

Basic Technique

  • Provide the group with a prompting question and allow a few minutes for everyone to respond in writing.
  • Begin the discussion with the same or a similar question and invite people to share what they wrote.

Tip: If you collect the quick writes, do not grade them for grammar, punctuation, strength of argument, or other kind of “quality” criteria. Students should feel free to express themselves without performance concerns.