A New Spin on Exit Tickets in the Classroom

Exit tickets can be “gold” to teachers who really use them correctly.  I always tell my students that I want need them to ask me questions so that I know what they are thinking and what is confusing them, but you know how that goes.  They are too embarrassed to ask in front of their friends.  No matter how much I praise them or invite them to ask about what they aren’t understanding, it never fails…MAYBE one person will ask a question, but usually I hear crickets instead.

I just HAVE to have a way to know what they don’t understand on a daily basis, so I cooked up a plan to get them talking.  Rather than students asking me a question, I now ask them at least one question that relates to the lesson and ask them to write down their answer for me.  I tell them to answer it to the best of their ability so that I really know what they are using and confusing.

I’ve cut apart countless pieces of notebook paper to hand out Exit Slips, and it always seems to take up more time and waste so many trees.  (I’m not a “tree hugger,” but I don’t like wasting those valuable resources)  I wanted something that the kids would like enjoy doing, so I thought about using a paper version of Twitter to make it more interesting.

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I covered the inside of my door with black paper and glued some blue border around it.  Then my student teacher (Thank God for her!!) made me some little squares with the altered Twitter bird and the students’ names.  Each student has his/her own laminated card on which to write answers to the questions I ask.  We velcroed them onto the door, and then spiced it up with a bigger (altered version) Twitter bird and the saying, “#ExitTweets.”  I think it turned out great!

I can’t wait for my students to see it on Monday.  I know they will love it!  My plan is to have them find and take down their Exit Slip as they come into the room.  They will use their dry-erase markers to write their responses at the end of the lesson, and then put them back on the door as they leave.  Hopefully they can remember where they put them each day!!

This whole system is fun and all, but there is more to it.  This allows me to see their responses as a group, and pick out the ones who are not comprehending the lesson.  Rather than taking home numerous tiny pieces of paper (and worrying about them getting lost), I can quickly take a look at the door to see who needs extra help.  That way I can pull them in small groups during our intervention time the following day.

What system do you use to collect data on a daily basis?  Any suggestions are welcomed!

Wish us luck!!

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  1. I love this!! There is a new teacher in our grade level with a social media themed room… I’m going to have to share this with her! :)

  2. Oh that’s a GREAT idea! I love your spin on the exit ticket with dry erase markers :)

  3. This is great. A huge emphasis has been placed on our exit tickets this week. No more students “forgetting” to bring back their responses. I will be setting this up (and by me I mean my wonderful wife who helps with my bulletin boards) first thing Monday! Thanks for the idea.

  4. Melissa Smith says:

    I really like the exit tweets idea. I, too, have problems with students asking questions in class if they don’t understand something. I think they feel embarrassed if they don’t know something and would feel humiliated asking in front of others. I will try this and see how it works. Thanks!!

  5. Robin Carlson says:

    I love this idea. I’m a new teacher in a 4th/5th grade room based on Super-Heroes, so my plan was to make them “Exit Portals”. I have the design in my mind, but I have a question: With the cards velcroed to the paper on the door, have you or anybody experienced the decorative paper ripping? Having to redo the door? If so, are there any suggestions on alternative ways to cover the door?

    • Kayla Shook says:

      Hi, Robin! I actually didn’t have trouble with the paper on the door ripping, but I was the one who took them off…to avoid that. I used hot glue to glue the paper to the door (it comes right off), and I think that helped. Another alternative would be to not cover the whole door and just use material over a specific spot. That might work, too. I’ve always had the best luck with using hot glue…tape, no matter the size, never seems to stick very long. You can reinforce it in the middle when you use the glue. Hope that helps! :)

  6. Did you just use laminated paper for the little whiteboards? Would love to do this in my room!

    • Kayla Shook says:

      Hi, Morgan! Yes, I just used regular laminated cardstock. Good luck! I loved this! Now that I have 4 different classes, I don’t have room for one for each student.

      • That was my other concern…. I have 82 kids during the day! I currently have 82 polar bear tags up, I think I can make it work. This will be my next snow day activity!

        • Kayla Shook says:

          In that case, I think I might just put the little bird on it without their names and just have them put their own names on it. Then you could take a picture with your phone after each class and then let the next class erase and write something new. You’d just have to ask a different question. :)


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