Exit tickets are a powerful tool in the teachers toolkit. Many teachers use exit tickets as a form of informal formative assessment. But their benefits go beyond simple comprehension checks.
In this article, we'll dive into the 8 reasons you should be using exit tickets in your classroom.
Exit tickets are a quick way to gauge student understanding. With this instant feedback you can tailor your teaching to suit learners' needs.
With exit tickets in Ziplet you can follow up with students either individually, or in groups. If you need to send the same message to multiple students individually (one on one), you can pick students and send a message to each with one click, making it easier to differentiate your teaching.
Exit tickets highlight comprehension throughout learning sequences.
They provide insight at the conclusion of a lesson or unit (summative) of student learning.
They also help teachers identify the next steps based on student feedback (formative).
Unlike tests, exit tickets are a low pressure form of assessment.
The fact that they are a small task completed within the comfort of the classroom reduces stress.
Without worrying about grades, students feel at ease responding in a meaningful manner.
Reflective practice involves ‘learning through and from experience towards gaining new insights of self and practice’ (Finlay, 2008).
One of the best ways to promote learning is via self analysis, which develops critical thinking skills.
Encourage students to reflect on questions such as:
Such questions also promote critical thinking skills. These are imperative for success both within and outside the classroom.
By honing critical thinking skills, students are better positioned to succeed in their learning and the real world.
Ziplet Plus teachers can access our full set of Growth Mindset questions in their Ziplet account.
Research indicates that information repetition in the first 24 hours drastically reduces rates of memory loss. This will also serve to enhance recall abilities, such as for exams.
Exit ticket questions encouraging students to engage in this process include:
Find our full list of student reflection questions in your Ziplet account.
Research shows that exit tickets can improve motivation. When students feel heard, their motivation levels grow. This leads to an increase in learning outcomes.
Motivation improves particularly when students see teachers making changes based on their suggestions.
We should feel confident asking students questions about our teaching styles.
It’s our responsibility to receive this feedback in an honest and open manner. We can then use it to make meaningful adjustments. For instance, many of my students have requested greater opportunities for group work.
The following questions are a good place to start for helping students feel heard:
Many students are apprehensive or too shy to speak in front of their peers.
With exit tickets, they can express themselves more openly, knowing that their thoughts will remain confidential.
We all know how time consuming teaching can be. As much as we’d like to check in regularly with each student, we just don’t have the time.
Exit tickets with tools like Ziplet are an effective way for communication to take place. With a glance, you have valuable information about students’ feelings and progress.
We all want our students to achieve the best outcomes. With exit tickets, you can gauge understanding and adapt your teaching to suit the needs of all learners.
Try using exit tickets with your students. The suggested questions in your Ziplet account are a great place to start. If you haven’t already, you can sign up for a free account.
Virtual or digital exit tickets are a quick, easy and most importantly informative way of supporting teaching and learning.
In this article, we'll cover the 3 steps for exit ticket success that will help you get off to a flying start for the challenge.