Math = Love: Free Exit Ticket Templates

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Free Exit Ticket Templates

Summer: The time of year where teachers dream of all the things they'll do differently next year.

Yesterday, I posted about wanting to do a better job of group work for next year.  Erin Flotte left a comment that included a recommendation for a book on group work (affiliate link).  I've already ordered it from Amazon and am looking forward to diving in to it this summer.

Today, I've been hard at work creating a resource for next year because I know that my intentions to do things differently next year need to be coupled with actions to make that possible.  Last week, I read a post on Amie Albrecht's blog about One Minute Surveys.  It instantly brought to mind the exit tickets I used to give my students at the beginning of my first year of teaching.  As a pre-service teacher, I read tons of teacher books and read every math teacher blog I could get my hands on to help me learn how to best run my classroom.  All the advice seemed to point to using every minute of class wisely and bringing closure to every lesson.  So, I jumped into giving exit tickets every single day.  This did not last for long.  First year teacher me was overwhelmed with all the tasks that teaching brings with it, and this was one thing that fell by the wayside.

I think the reason it fell by the wayside so quickly was because it was an extra thing that had to be planned every single day.  Now, as a teacher going into her fifth year of teaching, I realize the importance of automating as many things as possible.  I want to get daily feedback from my students.  I want to get to know my students better.  I want to know which concepts they are grasping and which concepts are making them grasp at straws.  Sure, I could probably make up exit ticket questions off the top of my head now and be just fine flying by the seat of my pants.  But, I've got a better plan.

I'm taking my favorite exit ticket questions and making sheets for each question that can be printed and chopped ahead of time.  Each day, I'll be able to pull out a prepared stack of exit tickets that match what I'm hoping to learn from my students that day.

I did an online search for exit ticket ideas and compiled my favorites.  These should be able to be used with almost any subject/grade level.

I've designed them to print 6 to a letter-sized page.  I'm thinking this will make them easy to chop with the paper chopper.

Here are the exit ticket prompts I've come up with so far.  If you have others, add them to the comments.  I'll add them to the file and update it.  :)  [Download here!]


  1. What will you do with them? That was always my problem. I read them and then tossed them- it's a lot of paper to keep up with. How will you use them to guide your instruction?

  2. I had some of the same questions as Elissa - do you give a grade for completion? How do you ensure that students will take them seriously? To be honest, I've never really gotten all the excitement about exit tickets. We have block scheduling with 1 hour twenty-five minute periods. By the end of class, my students are mentally done. I've asked them to concentrate and stay off their cell phones for 80 minutes, and I can't picture them giving me much useful feedback in the last 5 minutes.
    P.S. I agree - summer is such a great time to take a step back from the daily rush of teaching to take a look at the big picture and make changes.

  3. I have decided that I won't bother keeping exit tickets after I have spotted the patterns in the responses and planned my next lesson. Thanks for these ideas - I was just thinking about this today as well - great timing!

  4. Last year I used printed exit tickets. This year I started posting the question or prompt on the projector and having students each respond on an index card. I write or print one with the prompt and put that on the top of the stack for reference. Less time spent copying and chopping and if, for some reason, they don't get used, there's nothing to keep, file, and find next year.

  5. I love having students reflect on their learning and these exit tickets are a great way to do that. The last question on every test and quiz I give is, "how do you think you did on this test/quiz? Why?" I learn a lot from reading their responses about how they feel about the material - they also get pretty good at self-assessing.

  6. Do you have a list of all of these exits on one page? That way I could keep that handy as my idea/reference sheet. Exit tickets are a great quick way to assess my instruction and my students. Nice ideas here! Thanks

  7. Thank you, Sarah. I appreciate that you share them with us all. Question: Do you keep them for the semester or to the end of the unit? Do you use them for parent/teacher conferences? Or strictly to assess your teaching style and the children's understanding?