5 Ways To Use Exit Tickets
I will be the first to admit that my lessons often ran over – and I didn’t give my students enough time to process what they had learned. I am a talker by nature, for better or for worse.
I tried using formative assessments like a five finger check or having students write on Post-It notes. I just found it really hard to keep up with and I couldn’t remember which students needed more help and which didn’t.
My teacher friend introduced me to exit tickets. Instead of a general check-in with students deciding how well they understood the lesson, the tickets had just a few targeted questions – no more than 3 – that hit the core concepts. At first, I continued to struggle with them – and then I realized that I could use them in a variety of ways.
Once I figured out how to make them fit my teaching style, they became a lifesaver. The student data I gathered from them was invaluable – it helped me decided when to reteach or move on, determine my small group instruction, and how to group my students for success.
So how can you use exit tickets in your classroom?
Ideas For Using Exit Tickets
1. End of a Lesson
Traditionally, exit tickets are used at the end of a lesson. Students have time before class ends to process what they learned, and teachers can quickly glance at them to see if there are any misconceptions to address in the next class.
Instead of having students answer the questions at the end of class, teachers use them to start the period. Students can answer the questions, then discuss their answers with their shoulder partner. Teachers can circulate and determine if a concept needs reteaching or which students need a focus lesson in a small group.
3. Interactive Notebooks
Instead of having students write reflection questions down, students can answer the questions on the exit tickets. Teachers can collect them to score – or not – and then students can glue them in their notebooks.
Instead of assigning students reading or a worksheet, give them the exit ticket to complete. It is a 5 minute assignment that provides a snapshot of the students’ understanding. It’s brevity will encourage students to actually complete it, too.
5. Spiral Review
Exit tickets can be great to pull out for review. Again, they are short and focused, which makes them easy to use during your class. Constantly reviewing concepts helps students keep the information fresh in their minds – or for them to understand something they had misunderstood.
Creating Exit Tickets
Creating the exit tickets isn’t difficult – just pick out 1 – 3 key ideas that students should learn in the lesson and write questions on those concepts. Type them up and copy.
If you are short on time, check out my premade Exit Tickets for American History. Each ticket has one, two, or three questions that focus on core concepts or skills. In addition, there are exit tickets with “final review” concepts to give at the end of a unit. A blank ticket is also provided so teachers can create their own questions.
The questions included vary in their level of difficulty – they hit different Higher Order Thinking Skills. In addition, each ticket has a place where students can rate how well they understood the concepts.