As a teacher, having a curriculum to follow, it can be very easy to get lost in the delivery of the content, and forget about how our students are doing and if they are actually achieving adequate understanding of what we are teaching.
One of the easiest and quickest ways I am able to assess understanding in my Core French classroom is through the use of Exit Tickets.
What is an exit ticket you may ask? An exit ticket is a quick way for students to respond to a question or prompt of your choice, before they leave the classroom.
And now you may be wondering, why are they so useful? Exit tickets are great not only for routines but also because they enable me to check for understanding, they emphasize the important points of the lesson, and they document student learning.
So let’s look at some of the different exit tickets I like to use:
- A quick thumbs up, sideways or down showing me understanding based on a visual or verbal prompt.
- A Google Form exit ticket that specifically answers a question about our topic of study. This is a quick way for me to assess student understanding.
- I give students a small rectangular piece of paper. Students write down their name on the paper. By the door I have three pockets labeled as « Je comprends », « Je ne comprends pas », or « J’ai besoin d’aide ». Students drop their name in the pocket where they feel they fit after the day’s lesson.
- Sometimes my exit ticket is a check-in with my students to see how they’re doing. Their social and emotional well-being is just as important as any lesson or activity we’ve done. I’ll have them write something down for me and hand it in. I use various prompts. They don’t need to be fancy. For example, I often ask my students « How are you feeling about today’s lesson? » and then add a question like « What was the best part of your week? » or « What was the most memorable thing that happened over the last week? ».
And that is all I have for you about routines at the moment.
I hope through these series of posts on routines you were able to find some ideas which you can use in your own classroom.
Do you use any of these routines in your classroom as well?
What other routines would you add to the list?
I’d love for you to share by commenting below!
Until next time,