A short time ago we shared Formative Assessment Idea Number One – the Popsicle™ stick. This simple technique engages the entire classroom, not only giving all students the opportunity to participate in class discussion, but giving teachers the ability to elicit evidence of learning from all students (not just the frequent hand-raiser).
Another embedded formative assessment technique that teachers are using successfully is (often) called the ‘exit ticket.’ The exit ticket is simply a question that is posed to all students prior to class ending. Students write their answer on a card or piece of paper and hand it in as they exit (hence exit pass). This formative assessment technique engages all students and provides the all-important evidence of student learning for the teacher.
The exit ticket is a great in class assessment tool that can also help plan instruction. Teachers gain understanding of who knows what and if certain subjects need additional instruction time — something that can be lost when one or two consistent hand-raisers suggest learning proficiency for the entire classroom.
We’ve also heard of teachers that group students in teams the next day based on their answers, with one of the students in each team having a good understanding of the solution or answer. This empowers students to help each other and gives them varied perspective on possible alternative answers. This self-regulation of learning can lead to student performance improvements, something we’ve blogged about before.
Have you used the exit ticket technique in your classroom or heard about it before? If so we’d love to hear your thoughts on how it worked, so drop a comment below.