Recently while observing student teacher lessons I realized that each of them used Exit Tickets as their closure activity. Although they each teach different grades and subjects, they all used Exit Tickets as the “go-to” strategy to check for understanding. And it worked!
What are Exit Tickets (slips)
An exit ticket is a formative assessment tool used to assess student learning and to plan future lessons. Typically, a prompt or a question, it is given to students at the end of a class that is tied to the objective of the lesson taught that day. They are usually in a multiple-choice format or an open response. These mini assessments are meant to be no more than 1-5 minutes and not graded.
10 Exit Ticket Benefits
- Allows students to self-assess
- Clarifies main concept of the lesson
- Keeps students engaged in the lesson
- Assesses student understanding
- Creates an additional review and reinforcement opportunity
- Invites students to ask questions or clarify thoughts
- Guides teacher lesson design based on student understanding
- Helps organize small group instruction
- Provides data on student progress.
- Opens a communication channel between teacher and student
Exit slips are easy to use for teachers and students. They can be used at every grade level. So, why not give them a try?
Great article on Exit Slips by education expert Robert Marzano. Check it out.