HOW and WHY You Should Be Using Exit Tickets Every Day


Exit Tickets How and Why You Should Use Them Every Day

Today's tip is a common strategy that most educators already know...EXIT TICKETS!

An exit ticket is a quick way to test the pulse of the group & assess the day's learning.


When students take their learning and synthesize it down into one short response or visual image, they are thinking critically and analytically to evaluate the day's work.


When students must scour through their notebook work from the lesson and decide which part best showcases their personal understanding and learning of the content topic, strategy or skill, they are thinking at a higher level. Students must evaluate and analyze their own work before making the decision of what piece of the work best showcases their learning.

Differentiation; Differentiated Exit Ticket

Exit tickets can also provide a level of differentiation because the prompting can be personalized and differentiated for students.

This quick exit ticket response will provide the teacher with great insight into the child’s understanding and comprehension of the concept, strategy or skill being learned.

When a teacher takes exit slips at the end of a lesson, he/she can quickly assess how the learning went that day. This classroom data will inform the next day's instruction.

Take a look at this little gem to guide your thinking about exit tickets.


Grab this FREE little tool that lines up specific actions and questions to help you quickly tackle assessing your students' exit tickets. Then, keep reading for exit ticket ideas to use right away!



Exit tickets can take many forms!

Exit tickets can have different uses!

An exit ticket could be an open-ended prompt pertaining to the day's work that students provide a quick written response on a post-it note or index card.

Sticky Notes for Exit Tickets

An exit ticket could come in the form of a half sheet of paper that is modeled after different social technology forms. You could provide an open-ended prompt that has students creating an Instagram post or Twitter post or Facebook status or just a text message conversation complete with emojis & content appropriate hashtags.

Instagram Exit Ticket

Text Message Exit Ticket
Text Message Exit Ticket

An exit ticket could be having students open their notebooks to the page that showcases their understanding of that day's lesson.

  • Reader's Notebooks could be opened to their best use of the strategy or skill they are working on.

  • The Writer's Notebook could be opened up to the page which best shows how they applied the writing strategy or craft to their own piece of writing.

  • The Math Notebook could be opened up to the problem where they completed a problem based on the day's lesson.

  • Social Studies & Science (Research Notebooks) could be opened up to the page that showcases their connections and learning of the content being studied.

You could have students include a quick written reflection of their learning process to attach to the showcased page in their notebooks. Think post it notes...

Reading Stamina Graph; Building Reading Stamina
Tracking my own reading stamina
Reading Data Analysis; Reading Reflections; Reading Goals
Reader reflections throughout the year
Text Message Exit Ticket

An exit ticket can be used as a mood and temperature gauge of the classroom! Whaattt?!


Think about using an exit ticket as an ENTRANCE ticket. Have students complete an ENTRANCE ticket as they walk into the classroom.


They could describe their mood, feelings or thoughts with the use of an emoji or Instagram sketched image.


There is so much value in using Exit Tickets EVERY DAY!


A quick evaluation of the short student responses can give you SO MUCH information that will help to easily inform your next day's work.

Until next time...


Items pictured above can be found in the Building Readers Toolkit of Progress Monitoring Tools & Resources

Building Stamina Graph and bookmarks can be found here...





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