Tips for Using Exit Tickets

Exit tickets are a quick, easy, and great strategy to check for understanding and plan for next steps. The following are some things to keep in mind when using exit tickets:

Begin with the end in mind. Ensure your questions are precise enough for students to give you the information you need. Write questions that assess understanding, apply the concept, or demonstrate the concept.

Keep it brief. Exit tickets are intended to challenge your students while providing you feedback for planning. They should be able to be completed in under five minutes.

Examine the tickets carefully. Sort tickets into groups based on what you need to know. For example: students that understand the content, students that don’t understand the content, and students that you are unsure about. However you organize the data, make sure that it gives you an overall picture of your classroom.


Sample Exit Tickets (Fisher & Frey, 2004):

  • Write one thing you learned today.
  • Discuss how today's lesson could be used in the real world.
  •  I didn't understand…
  • Write one question you have about today's lesson.
  • Did you enjoy working in small groups today?
  •  I would like to learn more about…
  • Please explain more about…
  • The thing that surprised me the most today was…
  • I wish…

For more on Exit Tickets, watch this video.