I’ve always loved exit slips, but I often forget to do them, or run out of time during class. In the past, I’ve used exit slips to assess everything from new math strategies to how the class was feeling emotionally. The exit ticket that I used up until recently was the stoplight strategy I saw (stole from) a conference with Carol Ann Tomlinson. The students recorded their response to one of the following three statements:
- Something I learned today….
- Something I have considered…/I still have a question about…
- My learning stopped because…
I always learned so much about my kids from these little pieces of paper. I once saw a student had posted on the red (my learning stopped because…) and had written that his grandfather had recently been diagnosed with cancer, his cat had died, and his mom had been in car accident. No wonder he was acting out in class! These are the little tid-bits that students might be too shy to say out loud, but reminded me of the NY Times article about what students wished their teachers knew. Here are some gems, one from each category:
More recently, I’ve been doing digital reflections or exit slips. I will either post a question on Google Classroom, or I will create an exit slip in Google Forms. These can be posted during class and take very little effort. I still use the questions above, but now I can go further. The benefits of posting a question on Google Classroom are that I have them all in one place (no more post-it notes all over the place!), I can easily see who has finished them (and who hasn’t), and I can read them whenever (even from home).
I also use Google Forms as exit slips. I can post a picture, say of a straw that looks bent in a glass of water, and have the students explain what scientific phenomenon is occurring. Or I can ask one math problem and have the students post a Doceri video where they work the problem and record their voice as they explain the steps. These can also be private, so only the student and I can see them, if they felt more comfortable than sharing publicly on a poster in the classroom.
Lastly, I’ve used Today’s Meet. This is a website (that works great on iPads, too). Here I can post a discussion question and my students all get to respond. The best part is, like Twitter, they only have 140 characters to respond. I also ask that no answers be repeated. This keeps the kids on their toes, as they have to constantly be reading the feed before they post. I can post the link to Google Classroom and the students love to use this one. Another bonus is I can select how long I want the meet to last, for example one hour, and that way students can’t log in later and have a side conversation when I’m no longer monitoring the feed.