Exit Tickets have become our answer. An Exit Ticket is a formative teaching strategy given immediately after the Math Workshop concludes which focuses students on the core content of a lesson and promotes a quick and independent assessment check. Each student answers a question or two that targets the big idea for the day. The checkpoint, taking only a few minutes, offers teachers the immediate opportunity to check students’ independent mastery of the day’s content.
Third Grade Exit Ticket Example:
Students quickly began to find equivalent fractions like ½=3/6, 1/3 = 2/6, and 2/3 = 4/6, and make generalizations like, all fractions that contain denominators twice as large as the numerator are equivalent to ½.
When I first heard the idea of an Exit Ticket, I jumped too quickly to the conclusion that I would gain the same information from a quiz or assessment. But, after implementing them on a trial basis consistently for several weeks, I realized that they had tremendous value for gathering data and giving immediate and consistent feedback to students. It was the difference between assessing with a summative (a quiz or test) and a formative which helps guides the next day’s lesson. I would recommend the use of Exit Tickets to any math teacher who is serious about offering differentiated math instruction to meet the needs of each of their students.