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Stop & Jot from The Writing Revolution is a common quickwrite strategy for capturing current thinking.


As students are engaging in any type of task (all subject areas), the teacher asks students to pause at a given point in their work or learning to briefly write about the ideas they are learning or know. This can just as easily be before a lesson (prior knowledge or retrieval practice), during a lesson (making connections, reflecting), or after a lesson (summarizing, reflecting, making connections).

The Teacher Toolkit suggests providing students with a space on papers assigned or another common structure (like a notebook for the class) where students will write when asked.

Consider providing a specific prompt or question to increase clarity or scaffold with sentence stems for younger students or new content/ideas.


Read more about the strategy from The Teacher Toolkit here.

Watch this activity in action from the Teacher Toolkit:

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