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Exit Ticket

Use this technique to show you what students are thinking and what they have learned at the end of a lesson. Before students leave (for recess, lunch, the end of the day,  their next class, or are transitioning to another subject area), they have to hand you a “ticket” filled out with an answer to a question, a solution to a problem, or a response to what they’ve learned. Exit Tickets help you assess if students have “caught what you taught” and plan for the next lesson or unit of instruction.

How to use

1. Create

Decide what you’d like to find out about students’ learning at the end of the lesson. Write a question or pose a problem on the Exit Ticket, or post the question or problem for students to see.

2. Collect

Set a specific amount of time for students to complete the Exit Ticket. Stand at the door to collect the tickets as students leave the classroom. Students could also post their exit tickets in a designated place in the room before leaving and/or transitioning.

3. Clarify

Examine the tickets carefully. Depending on your purpose, it might be helpful to sort the tickets into piles – for example, tickets that demonstrate students have grasped the content, tickets that show that students don’t understand, and tickets that you aren’t sure about. Consider starting the next lesson with interesting ticket responses or with a graph or chart that highlights common responses.

When to use

Use Exit Tickets at the end of class to:

  • Check students' understanding by having them summarize key points from the lesson
  • Verify that students can solve a problem or answer a significant question based on the lesson
  • Emphasize the essential question for the day's lesson
  • Have students ask questions they still have about the lesson
  • See if students can apply the content in a new way
  • Formulate guided groups for students who did not demonstrate understanding after the lesson
  • Create extensions for students who demonstrate mastery after the lesson


Verbal Exit Ticket

Have students line up at the end of class while you stand at the door. As they reach the door, students must share an idea or concept they learned with you. Each student must give a different answer. As students stand in line, they can discuss different possible answers before they reach you.

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