Exit ticket ideas and examples

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

Content comprehension

formative assessment
Check understanding
Lesson planning
Exit ticket questions based on the content you are teaching are varied and wide-ranging. The idea is to see who understood the knowledge you shared in the class, and where there might be gaps you can review next lesson. Keep text questions open-ended and use a word cloud for quick insight.
  • Who was the antagonist and what were their motivations?

  • What is the capital of x?

  • Explain photosynthesis in simple terms.

  • What process does this image show?

Classroom environment

Interpersonal skills
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. They can be useful to stimulate a class discussion once students have responded.
  • 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?

  • How confident do you feel to voice your opinion in this class?

  • How can we be supportive classmates?

  • What's one thing you want to practice again?

  • What is something you learned from the group activity today?

  • What’s one change we could make to the way we learn in this class?

Confidence checks

student agency
differentiated learning
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 identify 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?

  • How well did you work today on a scale of 1-7? Describe why you feel this way

  • 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?

Student wellbeing

Student wellbeing is critical to learning. By understanding the factors affecting wellbeing, teachers can more quickly take action to support their students. Starting or ending class with a wellbeing check can be a way to promote positive thinking or identify where students are struggling outside of class that may impact their learning.
  • 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?

  • 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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