Saturday, March 11, 2017

sol17 #11: exit tickets

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Lately, on Fridays, I've been giving exit tickets via google forms. I have kids do some ratings for the week, share the best part of their week, something about it they would like to change, "I wish my teacher knew..." and a spot for anything else. Here's a glimpse into what my students said about our past week.

I asked how they were feeling about Slice of life, on a scale of 1 to 4 with one being "Not at all" and 4 being "SO MUCH!"

I love this. I have about 5 students who are committed to writing every day, but seems that even the others who are only doing what I'm requiring (2 posts a week) don't mind it so much. Slicing is so personal, and when you're commenting and reading friends posts, it really builds community!

We also just started our Holocaust unit, one I really enjoy teaching. One student asked me yesterday, "Why do we have to learn this?" I answered with, "Why do you think we have to?" and we surmised some ideas, but I didn't tell her my reason just yet. Here's feelings on our new unit:

In an open-ended sentence, "The best part of my week was..." I got answers like:

  • Learning about the Holocaust
  • Writing comments for students
  • Writing blogs for the Slice of Life (x5)
  • Sharing
  • ELA
In another open-ended sentence, "Something about my week I'd like to improve..."

  • Not let someone ruin my day
  • Not getting mad over small things that might not be true
  • Get faster at quick writing
  • Paying more attention and asking questions
  • to participate in class more
And then I always include "I wish my teacher knew..." so that kids had a space to tell me anything they'd like. One student said, "I'm sorry for being mad when we came back to class."

This prompt just opens up a conversation for anything that could be on the kids' minds. Like it or not, students being perplexed by friendships or in a fight with their parents affects their learning. When I am privy to that information, I can be more compassionate. In this case, it makes me so happy that my kiddo who came back from lunch upset was able to take some time to feel better, then continue participating with us, and then reflect enough to share an apology that wasn't even necessary, but totally appreciated.

Do you do exit tickets that are beyond content? What other questions are you asking?

I'm so proud oyou're becoming writers. Did you know...

Be sure to look in your day for the stories, and then you'll have one to post for tomorrow!

Want ideas? Check out the padlet.
Want more ideas? Read some blogs of other students and leave them a comment, too!


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  2. I use Google a lot for formative feedback, and I had them do a self-analysis about skills we need to cover/re-address, but I have never tried it for culture-building like this. I am totally going to have to steal this idea! Love it!

  3. I love the idea of using exit tickets for things beyond content. This sounds like a great way for the students to reflect upon their week. Great post, Michelle!

  4. I love the idea of using exit tickets for things beyond content. This sounds like a great way for the students to reflect upon their week. Great post, Michelle!

  5. I don't use exit tickets, but I'm intrigued. How much class time at the end does it usually take? (We have short 40-minute periods, so time is precious.) Thanks for hooking up with us via Kidblog too!

  6. thats awesome - really love this. i really want to use this. i sometimes feel lik trying to get my kids set up on google classroom would be so hard. Do you do that ? or do u just give them the link to apply to and they just fill it out?

  7. This is wonderful! I love your questions. They definitely provide insight into your kiddos. I've used exit tickets once in a while, but now you've inspired me to try it on Fridays! I really like the Google Form idea. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love this idea! I think I could tweak it to work with my juniors too. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I've used exit tickets teaching college composition and literature courses and really liked using them -- sometimes entry slips too. I wonder how they would work with, could be adapted for non-ed group work on community projects.

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  13. This is so great and I love the idea of using exit tickets beyond content. It helps you to connect with your students in a personal way :) You're awesome!




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