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You are only one person leading a class of 20-30 students. Because of this, it can be really difficult to get a grasp on which specific skills each individual student understands, and which ones they need more teaching on. How can you ensure that some students aren’t falling behind in their understanding of the concept that you’re teaching? Exit tickets just may be your answer!
Exit tickets measure how well your students understand specific concepts as you teach them inside your classroom. They are a very valuable teacher tool because they are quick to implement, allow you to easily scan the results, and can be done with any subject at any time during the day.
If you’ve never used exit tickets before, they are typically just a very small sheet of paper with questions that each student answers individually at the end of a lesson. They aren’t meant to be formally graded. Instead, it is a formative assessment that you use to help your students improve.
When you use exit tickets, you get in-the-moment-feedback that tells you if a student understands what was taught or needs more direct instruction with that specific skill or topic. This quick snapshot of understanding is so important because if we’re not aware of where our students are in their learning, it can create gaps. These gaps will lead to a lot of frustration for us as teachers and for our students because we aren’t sure where they began struggling with a concept, which will interfere with their understanding moving forward.
While an exit ticket can be simply you posing a question, and students answering it on a piece of paper, there are other creative ways to use them. Today I’m sharing 10 super simple and quick exit ticket ideas that you can try in your classroom, as well as what to do with your exit ticket results.
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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