Exit ticket ideas and examples

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Exit tickets are a powerful strategy that can support teachers in gaining formative feedback. They provide a simple, practical, easy, and adaptable way to obtain actionable feedback for teachers from their students. We've compiled a list of exit ticket ideas and examples you can use in your classroom.


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 Exit ticket ideas and examples

Confidence checks

Confidence checks give you a quick pulse check on whether students have understood the content and where they might need more support. They also support differentiated instruction by letting you spot which students need extra attention.

  • How well do you feel you understood today's lesson?
  • What is one thing you'd like me to explain more clearly?
  • What was the most important thing you learned in today's class? Why is it important?
  • What is the most difficult question you have about what you learned today?
  • How could the knowledge you learned today be used in the real world?
  • What's one thing you want to practice again?
  • What are you struggling to understand at the moment?

Classroom environment

Creating a positive classroom climate helps students feel safe, respected supported and welcomed. These exit ticket questions are designed to identify opportunities for changing the classroom environment for the better.

  • What’s one change we could make to the way we learn in this class?
  • What’s one thing you’d like me to start doing in class?
  • What’s one thing you’d like me to stop doing in class?
  • What’s one thing you’d like me to continue doing in class?
  • Did you value the group activity today? Do you think the activity or task would have been better done alone?

Learning reflection

Reflecting on learning is a powerful tool in aiding comprehension and memory. Using exit tickets to prompt student reflection (via tools like Ziplet) is an easy and timely way to get students to reprocess information. These ideas focus on encouraging students to think more deeply about lesson content.

  • What part of the lesson surprised you?
  • Which part of today’s lesson was most interesting?
  • My favourite part of today’s lesson was…
  • What is the most important thing you learned today and why?
  • I used to think…but now I know…
  • Two facts I learned about the topic…
  • The top 3 ideas I remember from today’s lesson…
  • What is something you weren't sure about at the start of the lesson but understand now?
  • Imagine a classmate is absent from class today. How would you explain the lesson to him/her in 25 words or less?
  • If you were creating a quiz about today’s lesson, what are 2 questions you’d include?

Remote learning

Remote learning has presented many unexpected changes for teachers and students alike. Understanding how these changes have impacted students can help mitigate learning challenges.

  • How easy is it to access online the resources you need for this subject?
  • How was the level of today's work?
  • In learning from home where do you need the most support right now?
  • What is your biggest challenge learning from home?
  • How do you spend your breaks when learning from home?

Student wellbeing

Student wellbeing is critical to learning. By understanding the factors affecting wellbeing, teachers can more quickly take action to support their students.

  • What's one thing outside of school that you love doing?
  • Did you have enough sleep last night?
  • How do you feel about your workload right now?
  • What helps you to get in a good mood when you're feeling down?
  • What makes you feel good about your life?
  • What makes you feel anxious?
  • What makes you feel down?
  • Who do you turn to for support?

How to ask a good exit ticket question?

To get the most out of the exit ticket process, questions should:

  • Be short
  • Where possible be open ended.
  • Linked to the learning intentions (and success criteria) of the lesson.
  • Focus on skill(s) or concept(s) being taught.
  • Allow students to demonstrate understanding.
  • Challenge students to synthesise what they have learned.
  • Not be surface level questions (i.e. factual).
  • Not be yes/or no answer.
  • Prompt reflection.
  • Use clean specific language that is not vague or ambiguous.
  • Avoid passive and negative wording will enforce “I can’t” attitudes with no actionable way forward.

When starting to use exit tickets it is a good idea to use structured questions to support students in becoming familiar with the process. These can then be adjusted over time to be more open-ended in nature.

Exit tickets can use a variety of question types, for example, some questions might involve a rating scale, another might be more open-ended asking students to write their specific concerns or ideas or reflection. Another might ask a student to respond to a specific questions or prompt. It is a good idea, therefore, to model the exit tickets to your class and show them how to complete the different types of questions that might be asked.

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