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Exit Tickets usually include a short writing prompt or reflection question at the end of a program or to wrap up the day's events. They can be posed as questions, self analysis, or general responses and can help assessing overall impressions of or learning through a program, project, or lesson. Exit tickets are designed to be collected before participants depart.

When to Use: As part of the daily routine

Estimated Time: 5 minutes

Participants: Youth, Adults, Educators

Supplies: Flexible depending on setting and group. Try these different options.

  • Verbal answers to a prompt or posted question
  • Index cards, paper, or sticky notes - written responses turned in as students leave
  • Google Form 
  • Padlet - students add their thoughts to a Padlet link
  • Flipgrid - have students make a 90 second video

Sample Formats:

  • Level of Understanding – Ask students to rate their understanding of the lesson on a scale of 1 to 5, such as: 1 – I need lots of help, 2 – I still have some questions, 3 – I can do this task independently now, and 4 – I could teach others this new skill! This is a great way to get your students to reflect on their own learning and gives you insight as to who needs further instruction.
  • Self-Analysis – Have students rate their own performance. Ask questions like, “How much effort did you put in to today’s work?” or “What do you think you most excelled at today?” You may be surprised at how honest students will be, and this often leads to them working harder the following day if they did not work to their full potential.
  • Strategy Reflection – If you tried a new instructional strategy, exit tickets are a great way to get candid feedback from your students. They can even be anonymous so students will be more likely to give an honest critique. Sample questions may include, “I tried a new way of grouping you today. Tell me how that worked out for your group?” or “What did you think about the new method we used today for visualizing fractions?”
  • Student Needs – This type of exit tickets gives students an opportunity to ask for the help they need, that they might otherwise be too shy to ask for in person. A questions as simple as, “What can I do to make this learning easier for you?”