Whether you need a pre-assessment or quick focus and review, Brain Dump will provide you with information about how much information your students know or have retained about a specific concept or topic. Ask students to either dump all information they know on a sheet of paper or orally with a partner or group. Ask students to share information with the group about what they already know or what they recall from the previous day. This “no pressure” activity is also a great way to spark interest as well as have students share their individual knowledge with the class.
The Brain Dump allows you to tailor your instruction to meet the students right where they are. Use as a collaboration exercise to provide opportunities for students to use academic vocabulary and see each other as sources of wisdom.
Use Brain Dump the day before a test to assess what students know well or what they need to review.