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Writing Strategy for Middle School Students

During spring break this year, I spent some time worrying what a week off would do to the memory bank of my middle schoolers right before they take the state writing test.
As teachers we know how it goes: you teach them something today, tomorrow they act as if they have never heard it before (insert face palm emoji)! So I certainly worried about all the information that they may forget coming back from break and straight into testing. Fortunately, we had one day before testing and I planned on honing in on one thing: Brain Dump.

STRATEGY TIME A brain dump is a strategy to un-clutter the mind by taking what is in the brain and transferring it to paper.  All my middle schoolers will have a planning sheet during testing even if they are taking a paper based test or computer based test. So we spent the class period running through in our heads and conversing about what it would be like to take the test. Students shared feelings of nervousness, doubt, confidence, planned, etc. This allowe…