As the year really begins to get underway and time-management becomes more and more challenging, it is important to find ways to maximize the time we have with our students. One of the biggest ways we can do this is by using formative assessment data to drive our instructional decisions. By using student feedback and data to make decisions, we cut-down on the time spent teaching things our students already know or aren’t quite ready for yet. To support you with this goal, this month, Transformation Tuesday will feature quick strategies to check for understanding. The first strategy, Exit Tickets with Understanding, is my favorite and one that I even use when training teachers.
Exit Tickets with Understanding* is a kicked-up version of the exit ticket strategy. You may be familiar with traditional exit tickets where students complete a problem or write about a skill or concept on a small slip of paper at the end of class. The kicked-up version of this uses the same concept except that students write about their understanding of the lesson objectives. This allows the teacher an opportunity to get a glimpse of where each student is in their thinking about and development of the objectives of a targeted concept or skill.
Here’s how it works:
1. Post the lesson objectives in specific, kid-friendly language. (See the picture to the right.)
2. Give each student a small slip of paper or an index card.
3. Students choose an objective, or one suggested by you, and provide evidence of their understanding. For example, ask students to share their thoughts about the objective in pictures, words, or numbers. (See the picture below.)
4. Collect the students’ responses. Sort the student responses based on levels of student understanding. Use the feedback to determine the next steps of instruction.
* Adapted from Lead4ward
Sound Off! How do you check for understanding?