THE EXIT TICKET

Exit TicketExit Ticket (.pdf)

"A further criterion for meaningful learning to have taken place is that, individuals must relate the new knowledge to the relevant concepts and propositions that they already know."
Novak & Gowin, 1984

OVERVIEW

Before students leave for the day or switch classes, they must complete an exit ticket that prompts them to answer a question targeting the big idea of the lesson.
IMPLEMENTING THIS ACTIVITY
  1. Determine what question to pose on the exit ticket.
    1. Ask yourself: “If I’ve taught this lesson to my students well, what one question should they be able to answer to prove to me they got the big idea?”
    2. Once the big idea of the lesson has been identified, the question can be determined.
    3. When creating the question, remember that both students and teacher will benefit most from a question that requires a synthesis of newly and previously learned information and an application of new knowledge in relation to themselves.
  2. Enter the question on the Exit Ticket template.
  3. At the beginning of class, distribute the Exit Ticket. Take a moment to describe the directions and expectations for the Exit Ticket. Distributing this at the beginning of the lesson will help students focus on the most important ideas.
  4. Give students time at the end of the lesson to complete their exit ticket.
  5. Have the students line up at the end of the period and turn in their exit ticket on the way out. Now, students can congregate at the door with a purpose!
  6. Review the tickets and allow the data to inform future instruction.
VARIATIONS

A Verbal Exit Ticket

Admission Ticket

REFERENCES

The Writing Across the Curriculum Guide; Northern Nevada Writing Project
NEA: Works4Me – Teaching Teachniques – Self Knowledge; http://www.nea.org/tips/teachtec/selfknow.html
Strategies for getting the most from textbooks Instructor; http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0STR/is_5_112/ai_96810481
Exit Tickets << Principal Kendrick; http://kendrik2.wordpress.com/2007/02/18/exit-tickets/
Exit Slips; http://www.saskschools.ca/curr_content/bestpractice/exit/index.html