If you are a follower and frequent reader of my blog, you probably know that I have been using Exit Tickets for a few years now. I have several Exit Ticket products in my TpT store, but today I uploaded a NEW product that I am super-excited about.
After using the same admit and exit tickets in my classroom year after year, I was starting to get bored with the same format, day in and day out. My campus wanted to put a greater emphasis on writing in the content areas, and as a science teacher, this was one of the easiest ways to not only incorporate writing, but to also give my students a variety of ways to demonstrate their learning (so that I could formatively assess them), and also give them more creativity and flexibility in how they did it. I may be totally wrong on this one, but I think a lot of science teachers don't get to see what kind of creative writers their students are. I hear the ELA teachers talking about the types of creative writing assignments they do with the kiddos, but this has never been something I was able to incorporate into what I was doing (with such a time crunch in preparing for the state standardized test, there is very little room for "extra stuff" like this - or at least that's how I felt).
What I love about these admit and exit tickets is that they don’t require much additional work for the teacher. Simply print and go! And with 2 on a page, you are saving paper and ink. Each ticket only takes 3-5 minutes at the beginning or end of a class to complete. Occasionally, I will even send the ticket home with my students to complete for homework and use as an admit ticket the following day. Because I use Interactive Science Notebooks on a daily basis in my classroom, I typically have my students attach these to a left side (output page) that is used for student reflections. Or if it is a ticket that I want to re-visit the following day, I will have students leave the tickets in a special pocket folder by my door that I have designated for each class period.
As I mentioned, the student print-outs come 2-to-a-page, but I've also provided a teacher page for each ticket that explains how to to use it and some ideas for topics. There are over 40 tickets and only 3 of them are science specific. The others could be used for any content area and at almost grade level. You can check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, but here's a little sneak peak for you: