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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 31

Quick Writes

Quick Writes takes two to three minutes and is intended to remove some of the performance anxiety people feel at speaking extemporaneously.

Purposes

  • To get people immediately focused on a question or issue
  • To write down thoughts so that participants have something to contribute
  • To remove some of the anxiety associated with speaking extemporaneously
  • To provide an opening for text-based discussions

How It Works

  • Participants write a response to a question or prompt about their prior reading of a text such as a report, policy brief, program evaluation, or assigned chapter.
  • People have two to three minutes to write their answers as extensively as possible (sometimes called free writes). They keep these for the group ...

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