Exit slips are student responses, usually in written format, that provide a quick, informal formative assessment. A teacher may pose a question or ask for a response to a comment, and allow students to express their thinking, understanding, or any further questions. This formative assessment tool allows teachers to adapt instruction to meet the needs of the class and/or the needs of the individual student.
Just as in other subject areas, mathematics exit slips may be prompts that:
- document learning (One thing I learned today was…);
- emphasize the process of learning ( One question I have about today’s lesson…); or,
- check on understanding of content (Try this order of operations question, and record any parts that were difficult or questions you have…).
Below are two examples – one that is content specific and would be most suitable for early elementary, and another more generic example that would be used by older students.
Further reading/Professional resources:
- Using math exit slips to guide instruction offers suggestions for exit slip questions, as well as useable and adaptable templates.
- Robert Marzano: Art and Science of Teaching/The Many Uses of Exit Slips
- many teachers attest to their positive effect on student achievement and the nurturing of students’ ability to think critically about their own learning.