Nov 3, 2021
We’re well into autumn, and things can get stale in the classroom a few months into the school year. Most teachers know that exit tickets are a proven way to boost engagement and formatively assess students. However, there are justified concerns that have limited their use, even in classes where they’re needed most. In a traditional sense, exit tickets mean more prep and more grading. But when administered digitally with the right curriculum tools, exit tickets become a hassle-free check of understanding that can resonate with students and teachers alike. Here are seven examples of how exit tickets can be game changers for your classroom.
Ask your students what they learned in class. That’s about as simple as it gets! This is especially powerful with younger students. Use reflection prompts to better understand how your students are grasping the content, and identify trouble areas before it’s too late. This general inquiry is great for when you want to see key takeaways for today’s lesson.
There’s no shame in admitting it, grading exit tickets is time consuming and sometimes responses get tossed aside and forgotten. This is where user-friendly, customizable digital tools can come in handy. Digital tools like Tailor-ED are perfect for creating multiple-choice questions that are auto-graded. No more bubble sheets or time spent grading. You can easily view the responses in minutes, turning exit tickets into actionable data on student progress. Multiple-choice exit tickets shine the most when used to assess student understanding of more specific topics rather than broad information.
Did you know that the more confidence a student has, the higher the likelihood they’ll succeed? It’s a philosophy backed by science. Leveraging confidence to improve learning outcomes is guaranteed to work wonders. Use exit tickets to check in and see how confident your students are feeling about what they’re learning.
Research shows that the wellbeing of students is at least as important as what they learn while in your care. Exit tickets focused on social and emotional learning provide a breather for students who may feel overwhelmed by forces inside or outside of school. Digitally-administered open-ended questions provide a space for self-awareness and the chance to speak out or share what’s been on their mind. SEL exit tickets are especially effective if part of a routine.
It’s fun to mix it up every once in a while. Right when students are getting used to the rhythms of the school year, introduce this exit ticket that’s sure to perk them up. Have them pick an emoji that best represents how they feel about the day’s lesson and activities. Take it a step further and hold them accountable by asking why they chose that emoji. This exit ticket works especially well with those who might normally struggle with communication.
Kids love to have their voices heard. Create a simple online poll to survey student opinions or experiences. This is a great chance to get to know your students. One day you might have a content-related survey, and the next it might be better to ask about SEL-related questions. Just wait and see how opinion polls get a class talking and engaged like no other. As long as you stay away from sensitive or polarizing subjects and respect student privacy, surveys can help build a rapport in the classroom that helps school feel like a home away from home. And some kids really need that.
One of the best ways to absorb and apply knowledge is to practice teaching it to others. Perhaps that’s why teachers are so well-rounded! Exit tickets can be crafted to provide an opportunity for peer teaching. Your kids might surprise you with new ways of looking at things. If you’ve been working through a particularly tough unit, this type of exit ticket might help you see how students are thinking and where the confusion lies.
Exit tickets should never be busy work. Wrapping up class with an engaging question, survey or task is a promising strategy to get kids actively participating in their own personal growth and learning. Find out more about how Tailor-ED provides educators with the tools to quickly create their own unique exit tickets. We believe that exit tickets can be meaningful and even path-altering exercises when done right. Let us know what you think! Do exit tickets make a difference in your classroom?