Today’s teaching landscape is rapidly changing. In many classrooms nowadays, you’ll find students engaging with what’s on-screen. They have access to technology such as computers, tablets, smartphones, and even VR headsets. You might also see students working on supplemental activities in flexible seating arrangements.
Not only is the physical classroom changing, but so is how instruction is being delivered. Online learning is being integrated into many teaching models, allowing students to learn at their own levels and pace. Teachers can capture data about their students’ progress at faster rates than before.
Additionally, the teacher’s role has evolved. We commonly see teachers in the role of facilitator rather than traditional teachers. Now, they are resourcing time to support small groups of students as needed instead of teaching a lesson to a whole class. In their evolving role, teachers must continue to look for ways to understand how their students are learning and for better ways to support them.
In combination with the above, using exit tickets as formative assessment can be an effective tool to help teachers plan and facilitate instruction that can impact student achievement in blended learning classrooms.
What’s an Exit Ticket?
An exit ticket can be as simple as a piece of paper with a prompt from a teacher, which asks students to reflect on their understanding of the lesson. A common practice is to have students spend a few minutes responding to a prompt at the end of a lesson and then, turn in these completed slips as they leave the classroom. In a blended learning classroom, students can respond to exit tickets on the computer after they complete their work.
Using exit tickets as formative assessment requires minimal prep from the teacher and takes a relatively short amount of time to create and complete. Exit tickets can quickly show the teacher how well students understand the content of the lesson and can provide feedback to the teacher, who can use this resource as often as they’d like, even daily.
Using Exit Tickets as Formative Assessment
When implementing exit tickets for the first time or in a blended learning classroom, use the following questions to help gather information about your students’ level of understanding and perspective of the lesson. Then, use the responses from your students to guide planning and future instruction.
- What three things did you learn from today’s lesson?
- What are you most confused about from today’s lesson?
- What questions do you have about what you learned today?
After you collect and read your students’ exit tickets, it’s important to sort them into piles. This is an easy way to group students with similar responses, questions, or needs.
Sort the exit tickets into three piles: Good to Go, Quick Check, and Teacher Help. Think of these categories as traffic lights: good to go is the green light, quick check is the yellow light, and teacher help is the red light.
After the exit tickets are sorted, set aside time during your instructional routine to meet with students. Your students’ responses on the exit tickets can help you pinpoint their individual needs and plan for small-group instruction. You might find that additional resources such as posters, vocabulary cards, sample math problems, and extra reading texts can be helpful when you are working and facilitating instruction with your students.
Using exit tickets is a simple and effective strategy for formative assessment that can be integrated into a blended learning classroom. Click here for more teaching strategies that could help your students.
Marzano, R. J. (2012). Art and science of teaching: The many uses of exit tickets. Educational Leadership, 70(2), 80–81. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/oct12/vol70/num02/the-many-uses-of-exit-slips.aspx