Do you need an easy way to formatively assess your students’ understanding of a lesson? Try exit tickets! They are a quick way to see just what your students understood from your lesson. They are called exit tickets because you pass them out at the end of class and collect them as students head out the door. Students give you their “ticket” as a they leave.
You can make them as detailed or as simple as you like, with questions specifically targeting what you have taught during the lesson. If you are short on time, just write a few questions on the board. You could just have them conjugate verbs, write an adjective that describes someone, or answer a few questions. If you just want to get their feedback on the lesson, you could ask them what they liked (or didn’t), what questions they have, or just have them tell you in their own words something they learned.
A lot of teachers use my French speaking cards for their exit ticket questions.
How to use exit tickets:
1. Put a few questions on the board or build them into your presentation.
2. Pass out the exit tickets and give students some quiet time to work on them.
3. Pick them up at the door as students leave.
4. Use them to adjust your next lesson as needed.
As you check them, separate them into three piles.
1. Students who have no idea what you just taught.
2. Those who understand what you taught, but will need more practice.
3. Students who are ready for more challenging material.
By doing this, you can review as necessary. However, it also lets you know if you need to add a few challenge questions, more vocabulary, or a different activity for the students who understand the concepts. It’s such a simple way to see right away where you need to focus your attention as you move forward. 🙂
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