Part of the Process

Thoughts on becoming a teacher.

Exit Tickets


I’ve had mixed feelings about exit tickets. As a student, I’ve felt frustrated when they are given out without adequate time to fill them out. I’ve felt like they put pressure on me. But, I’ve also seen them as a way to have a personal conversation with my teachers. Because of my mixed feeling about exit tickets, I was a little hesitant to introduce them to my class. I ended up using them three times this week, and the information I gained from them was really helpful.

Three days this week for math class, I asked students to fill out an exit ticket with two content related questions, a self-assessment question and a question asking them to identify how they could extra help if they need it. The content questions provided me with a quick and simple tool for assessment. It only took a few minutes to get an idea how every student in the class was doing. I like the self-assessment question for two reasons: I can easily get a sense of who needs additional support and it provides a way for my students to take ownership of their own learning. The last question, where they identify how they can get additional help if they need it not only promotes a sense of ownership, but allows me to get to know my students and their study habits a bit more. For example, I can see that D feels most comfortable asking his parents for help, H actually uses the online textbook tutorials and J likes to ask students at his table group for help.

Using exit tickets this week also allowed me to have evidence of student learning to share during post observation conferences. It was great to have an assessment that I could go through in just a few minutes. When asked what I thought students had learned, I could easily point to evidence from the exit tickets (in addition to other evidence). I know they don’t give the whole picture, but I feel like they are a valuable tool. I even had a student ask if we were going to do them more often, because she really liked them.


4 thoughts on “Exit Tickets

  1. I think this a great wonder to have. I think like you that they are very easy and helpful assessments. In our class student have do the exit tickets often. It is a very easy way to check in with the student as well as give them helpful feedback. I think also that if they do them often enough, they know it is a tool to assist them rather than an assessment of what they don’t know.

  2. I am so glad to see a positive outcome from using exit slips. I have been hesitant to use them, because I worry it might take too much time. However, if it is as beneficial as you state, then I’m looking forward to trying it out. I am wondering what is the best approach to exit slips for the younger grades, who have not mastered reading/writing?

  3. I also introduced exit tickets into the classroom this week and it went well! The kids actually seemed to think they were great and I was handed them back with a lot of saying, “here is my ticket to recess!” and they were saying it with a smile on their face. I agree with you that they are a quick and easy way to assess student learning. I did mine the day before I taught a lesson using a particular subtraction method. The exit tickets provided me with a great way to see where the students were at in terms of subtraction.

  4. I started using exit tickets when I teach math — where the ticket has an answer key to their in class work. The kids like being able to see if they got the correct answers, and the mark the ones they missed on the ticket. (Actually, I never meant to have them mark which ones they got wrong on the ticket, but they just started doing it, and I look at what they mark.) I also ask how well they understand, and give a followup content question – which has also been helpful.

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