Exit slips used as informal assessment is one of the best strategies for knowing which students understood the lesson – and who did not. It makes it even easier to know how to adjust your instruction for the next day.
Sometimes I like to pull small groups for 5 minutes at the beginning of class to review what was covered the day prior before moving on. Having small groups of students who didn’t understand at all, sort of understood, and might need a little extra challenge is a fun way to really get to know your students’ needs.
How can you best use exit slips in your classroom?
For me, I like to choose 2 solid example questions from the day’s lesson. Not too hard, but not too easy either. Students get a couple minutes at the very end of class to write the problems on their slips and their answers.
They flip over the slip and write their name.
As they leave class or are preparing materials for the next subject, they toss them into a plastic bucket. During a break in my day – lunch or planning – I can easily mark the slips with 0, +1, or +2.
After quickly marking them all, I am able to group the tickets into 3 piles.
If the majority of the tickets were 0 or +1, I might consider reteaching the lesson over. It is obvious I missed the mark and will need a different instructional approach.
If the majority of the tickets were +2, then I know students have a solid grasp of that topic and can quickly move past it and into something else.
If the groups are pretty evenly distributed, I would pull random groups for just a few minutes the next day while the class was working independently on review work. During this small group, I can really individualize the instruction again, hoping the one-on-small group approach clicks better.
And don’t forget about your +2’s! Those students would probably enjoy a challenging variation of the content, even if it is only 1 problem you have time to do with them.
Exit Slips for Everyone
Here are several great freebies to download and use in your classroom tomorrow!
Exit Slip Strategy!: Beach themed exit slips for any subject you like!
Exit Tickets: Combining Like Terms: Perfect for older students who are learning all about algebra!
Exit Tickets: Order of Operations: Order of operations in math is like a puzzle for me. These pre-made exit tickets are wonderful for tossing out to check for understanding.
Easy 3 2 1 Exit Tickets: Love these open-ended formative assessment rubrics! Great for any subject and really helps you to see who still has questions.
Exit Ticket Templates: Making it visual can help you see clearly whether your lesson hit the point or not.
Exit Summer, Enter Fall: Fall themed exit slips = adorable!
Exit Slip: For all the little “monsters” in your classroom. 🙂
Need Exit Slips? Bell Ringers? Use My Hot/Not Slips!: Want a little more oomph to your exit slips? Check out this packet with even more ideas for how to use them!
How else do you use exit tickets in your classroom? We would love to hear your ideas in the comments below too!
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