Exit Tickets: How to Use this Formative Assessment in the Classroom

Exit Tickets is a formative assessment that I will utilize in the future. It’s an assessment strategy that fits very well with both my classroom management strategies as well as assessing the effectiveness of the day’s activities and student learning. It will enhance teaching and student learning in my classroom in several distinct ways.

First, Exit Tickets will help my teaching by providing a clear list of instruction goals for each day. Sometimes, no matter how precise my planning, there are changes in schedule or some activities that either go longer or shorter than planned. If I know what the Exit Ticket questions will be at the start of each lesson, that will help me stay on track and ensure that I touch on each item during the class. If the results of students’ Exit Tickets show that there was a lack of understanding on an element of the lesson, I’ll know that I didn’t devote enough time to it and can include it in the review for the next day.

Second, Exit Tickets give my students time for some quiet reflection at the end of each class. My students often rush off at the sound of the bell and hurry to the hallway and their next class. This transition style does not give a good conclusion to my teaching time and creates confusion at the door and desks. Exit Tickets could keep my students focused during those final minutes of class and handing me their work will cut down on the rush into the hallway. On an assessment side, it will give students a way to think back over the class time and summarize what they remember. This is much better than just waiting for the minutes to tick past and losing elements that might have been covered in the final parts of the period.

Third, Exit Tickets are a good way to give students a voice and a chance to give feedback on the class. Many of my students transition between Learning Support and General Education classes and they rarely have a chance to reflect on their learning or grasp of the class’s activities. In addition to the assessment questions, I’ll include a place for students to give me feedback about how the lesson went and a chance to ask questions or give their feelings about a particular activity. This is a way for each student to say how they might have felt about the class privately in case they may not feel comfortable sharing their thoughts with the class. This can help me prepare future lessons in order to make them more effective and inclusive.

Fourth, Exit Tickets will enhance my students’ learning by reinforcing the goals of the unit and their other responsibilities in school. Many of my students have goals to work on for time management and behavior. On my Exit Tickets, I’ll choose assessment questions that not only help me gauge student comprehension but also offer reminders to students about homework and upcoming projects or activities. I can ask students how today’s lesson relates to the final unit project and establish a clear path to mastery that they can feel they are a part of.

Lastly, Exit Tickets will help my students practice for Summative Assessments. Some of my students need extra help to prepare for tests and quizzes in their General Education classes, and Exit Tickets are a great way to help them get comfortable answering different question types with no grading pressure and in a more casual way. If I can include some different questions types every day, my students may feel less stressed when they encounter them on future assessments.

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