You want to know what you students know about a subject or topic.
The Brain Dump is a way to access students prior knowledge and find out what your class knows.
The Brain Dump a simple instructional strategy where you:
- Provide students with an A3 piece of paper between 3 students.
- Students take a pen and record everything they know about a topic. You may like to give students just a topic or a list of questions to respond to.
- Students should have 5 minutes to discuss and record ideas.
Here is a brain dump focused on students exploring why they study English:
Here is a brain dump from the beginning of the year, focused on getting students to consider what they know about storytelling:
Here is a brain dump from the beginning of a Shakespearean study:
Here is a brain dump from the beginning of a study about fantasy fiction:
Here is an example a brain dump using questions about the narrator of the story: