Training Tuesday

April 5, 2016

Using Exit Tickets as an Assessment Tool

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By Rhonda Stewart

Here’s the scenario: You just completed teaching a unit of study in your subject area. You made sure that you covered all learning modalities (tactile, visual, and auditory) and differentiated your teaching to meet the needs of all the learners in your classroom.

Now it's time for your students to take an assessment to see how well they mastered the content. As you grade the assessments, you are shaking your head and are saying to yourself, "I know that I taught this — what happened?” I think we all have had moments like this and wonder what we might have been done differently in our teaching to ensure a successful outcome. At such times I remind myself that my students need to be able to reflect on their learning as well. Enter, the exit ticket.

An exit ticket is a device that students use to communicate with their teacher as to how their learning is going for them. Typically, a few minutes before the class is dismissed or at the end of the lesson, a slip of paper is handed out on which the student comments on the instruction for the lesson taught. Students are frequently asked to jot down a success and/or a struggle that they had with the day’s lesson. Some teachers prefer to have a "parking lot" poster where the students can place sticky notes with their comments and some prefer to have an actual form for students to complete. Either way, it is helpful to see how the students perceive their successes and their struggles. With this information, we can maximize our teaching and work more efficiently, especially for small group instruction. Target groups can be created using the “data” from the exit tickets.

Sample Exit Tickets

Exit tickets usually have one to three prompts that students respond to. Sometimes students are asked to select from a menu and sometimes they are given a specific prompt.

For example:

  • One thing I learned...

  • I have a question about...

  • Name one important thing you learned.

  • What from today's lesson will you try to apply to your learning?

  • What was helpful?

  • What was a light bulb moment?

  • What was a struggle to understand?

  • What do you think you would be able to teach to your classmates?

  • What was confusing

Classroom Examples of Exit Tickets