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Virginia Earth Science SOL's (2010) Brain Dump Review

Virginia Earth Science SOL's (2010) Brain Dump Review
Virginia Earth Science SOL's (2010) Brain Dump Review
Virginia Earth Science SOL's (2010) Brain Dump Review
Virginia Earth Science SOL's (2010) Brain Dump Review
Virginia Earth Science SOL's (2010) Brain Dump Review
Virginia Earth Science SOL's (2010) Brain Dump Review
Virginia Earth Science SOL's (2010) Brain Dump Review
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Students taking standardized tests can find it extremely stressful. I taught my students how to do a "Brain Dump" once they are given the go ahead to start their test. They will have studied the things that they struggle with the most and I encourage them to quickly write down the things they are worried about forgetting BEFORE they even answer the first question. That way, they can build a quick reference resource to use during the test. This can ONLY be done once they are given the instruction to start the test and it is a really great way to utilize the scratch paper the state allows.

So I use some review time to practice this activity. It also becomes a study guide for them because they have the chance to correct it, modify it, and add to it. This activity gives them one more time to transform the information you have helped them learn during the course. Putting the various categories on different color paper helps students color chunk the information and reduces the amount of 'stuff' they mentally need to wade through to retrieve the learning. This is a great metacognition tool in that it truly highlights a student's area of weakness.

The first time I seriously taught students how to do this, the SOL examiner was shocked when not one single student started taking the test but rather, everyone started writing on their scratch paper. They all said that they truly felt like it helped them during the test and even though some did not need to use it, it gave them confidence while testing to know they had a resource if they blanked out on content.

This product is fully editable to suit your class. Includes a hidden slide with Teacher Notes and a slide or two with instructions to the students.
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13 pages
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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