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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Let's Talk Exit Tickets!



Exit tickets are my most favorite method of formative assessment. I use them all the time in math class. Typically, I create specific tickets with two or three problems that are based on our lesson that day. But recently, I've gotten into more open-ended, creative tickets that can work for any lesson.




There are two reasons why I love these types of tickets:


  1. They are a great way to change things up! It's easy to get into a rut, using the same stuff each day. That's what was happening in my math class - my exit tickets were starting to get boring predictable.
  2. You can copy a few stacks of these to stash in your classroom and pull them out on a rainy day. You know... a day when you forgot to make an exit ticket for the day's lesson and have five minutes until the bell rings and need a filler! Or, my FAVORITE rainy day - when an administrator pops in for a quick, unannounced observation and you need to show an example of formative assessment but forgot to make copies of the one you wanted to use because during your prep you got talking with a colleague about how cute Adam Levine looked last night on the Voice! You know THOSE RAINY DAYS!!



These tickets you see here are part of a collection that I sell on Teachers Pay Teachers.


This set contains 21 different prompts that can easily work for math, ELA, social studies, science... any subject really!! And as I said, my favorite part about these is that I can stash away several stacks of these and pull them out whenever I need them because they fit with any lesson. I've also used them in a math center, as homework, and have collected and graded them as a quiz grade.

Do you use exit tickets? What is your favorite way to use them? I'd love to hear from you!

Happy Teaching!!

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