On-the-Spot TPT: Quick-Writes

quick write feature

Do you ever wonder if the students process and comprehend what they learn? Even the best lesson loses its vitality in the face of disconnected students. How are you going to gauge the depth of your students’ understanding of the concepts being delivered?

The On-the-Spot TPTs allow you to get immediate feedback on how well your students comprehend the lessons. These activities require little or no preparation. You can insert this activity in any part of the lesson where you notice your students’ cognitive disconnect. Or, you can also strategically plan them in specific spots in your lesson.

One On-the-Spot TPT that you can use is the Quick-Writes. Quick-Write is a brief response to a question or probe. This strategy will help develop writing literacy while giving teachers immediate feedback on where the students currently stand in understanding the material.

TPT quick write

How does this work?

You need to select an interesting prompt that you would like to ask your students. Next, you’ll give a specified amount of time so students can think about and jot down their response (2 to 3 minutes will do depending on your prompt). Once down, you can do a Pair-Share, a Networking Session, or other Total Participation Techniques, so students can quickly share their answer to their seatmates.

How are you going to ensure that higher-order thinking is happening in your class while doing quick-writes?

Just simple go beyond asking students to explain the meaning or a concept. Instead, let them make connections between the concepts and their effects to their community or the people around them. You can begin your question with “In what ways..” or “How might things be different…” You need to provide for students to understand the broader scope of what they are learning. Let them think about why the concept they are learning is important. Another way to ensure higher-order thinking is by making students reflect on the deeper connections and purposes of the concepts they are learning.

Here is a video showing how the quick-write works.

What are the benefits of Quick-Writes?

Quick-Writes promote spontaneity and freedom in writing. Through this activity, students can practice their writing skills while exercising critical thinking and focus. Quick-Writes also provide time for students to collect their thoughts before verbalizing these thoughts to the class, hence, giving them less pressure when they are asked to share their ideas. Additionally, this TPT allows collaboration to take place in class because students can share their work and discuss their ideas with their peers.

By this time, try to pause and think of your lessons for next week. What are the prompts that you can interject throughout your teaching to ensure the students are understanding and making connections between what is being learned? I encourage you to use Quick-Write as a staple in your teaching. This activity won’t take much of your time during preparation, yet it is guaranteed that you can keep your students fully focused and engaged during lessons.


TFT will also host its first ever Professional Development Workshop for teachers.  As we will be opening a tutorial center, it will be held there. The name of the tutorial center is Bruner Learning Hub located in Maly, San Mateo.

There will be two sessions for it:

1st part, August 5, Saturday:
We’ll introduce the need for TPTS and then learn about total participation techniques (TPT), in particular, On-the-spot TPTs and TPT holds up.
2nd part, August 19, Saturday:
We’ll learn TPTs that involve movement and how we can use TPTs for notetaking and concept analysis.

If you’re interested, please fill in your details in this google form. We will email you with more details and how to reserve your slot. Thank you for interest and support! 🙂

Argee Abadines
Argee Abadines is the founder and chief content engineer of this website. He is a brain based educator and his educational interests are pedagogy, higher order thinking, creativity, and educational technology. He is also the founder of Bruner Learning Hub. He currently teaches high school business studies and economics. Previously, he taught English to primary students. He reads up regularly about trends in education and online media. You can visit his personal blog at pinoyminimalist.com

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