A quick write is a very useful tool that teachers from first grade to college can use with their students. I think everyone uses quick writes, they just don't know it.
A quick write is when you take a topic and write everything that you know about the topic in a given amount of time (example: 1st grade: bugs- 3 min). During the time allowed the students are not allowed to erase or reread what they have written. This allows them to get all their thoughts out before going back through.
These quick writes can be used as a student's brainstorming activity, a way for the teacher to see what the students already know, an assessment after a lesson to make sure the students all understand and many more possibilities.
I like quick writes because it is an easy way for me to jot down ideas for my blog when my time is limited. I think it would be a great idea to use in the classroom when the students finish early.
Even though I am a big supporter of quick writes I do believe that they should not be used every day. This needs to be an occasional tool that is used. This will keep the children interested in the activity.