Exit Tickets – No Paper Required

Nov 6
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Exit Tickets – No Paper Required

 

What’s the best way to get feedback on your teaching, test students’ participation and check up on comprehension: exit tickets. The concept is simple: ask students a question or two before class ends, and have each student submit an answer. For some classes, these exit tickets work like ballots for anonymous feedback, in other classrooms, teachers may grade students’ answers. While you can always collect each student’s answers on a sheet of paper, we recommend digital exit tickets to save on time. Here are a few exit ticket strategies:

 

1. Recalling the day’s lesson

If your class seems disengaged, or you would just like to see what concepts you’ve conveyed the best, ask students general questions about what they learned in the lesson. Ask them things as simply as

“what is one thing you learned today,”

or more deep thinking questions like:

“If you were giving someone advice about _____, how would you use what you learned from today’s lecture to answer?”

or:

“pick a side on one controversial topic we discussed in class and give me a quick argument for or against.”

In return students should give you a short paragraph or bullet point. Obviously, multiple choice is NOT appropriate for this type of question, so teachers will not be able to use those proprietary clicker devices. However, nClass allows students to submit exit tickets like this one from their smartphones and computers.

 

2. Lecture note fill-in-the-blank

For class that just don’t seem to be taking notes, add an exit ticket as a post-quiz–pick lines from your powerpoints or sentences spoken in lecture with a few key words missing. This ensures students learn lecture material actively even if you post lecture slides after class. Additionally, this gives students an incentive for perfect attendance as they’ll lose points if they are absent.

Teachers can use both multiple choice and write-in assessment for this exit ticket strategy–students can utilize both of these techniques with nClass.

 

3. Teaching feedback

If you try a new technique in class, make sure you get feedback on it with an exit ticket. Simply ask your students what they thought about the technique you used and ask for suggestions to make it better. This way, if students have suggestions or frustrations, you can hear about them before the end of the semester. This cuts out any vague comments as critiques are fresh in each student’s mind and narrowed to a particular class, and it allows you to tailor your teaching to a particular semester of students.

 

Do you have any suggestions for exit tickets? Let us know in the comments.

 

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