The Exit Ticket

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Before students leave for the day or switch classes, they must complete an exit ticket that prompts them to answer a question targeting the big idea of the lesson.


  1. Determine what question to pose on the exit ticket.
    • Ask yourself: “If I’ve taught this lesson to my students well, what one question should they be able to answer to prove to me they got the big idea?”
    • Once the big idea of the lesson has been identified, the question can be determined.
    • When creating the question, remember that both students and teacher will benefit most from a question that requires a synthesis of newly and previously learned information and an application of new knowledge in relation to themselves.
  2. Enter the question on the Exit Ticket template.
  3. At the beginning of class, distribute the Exit Ticket. Take a moment to describe the directions and expectations for the Exit Ticket. Distributing this at the beginning of the lesson will help students focus on the most important ideas.
  4. Give students time at the end of the lesson to complete their exit ticket.
  5. Have the students line up at the end of the period and turn in their exit ticket on the way out. Now, students can congregate at the door with a purpose!
  6. Review the tickets and allow the data to inform future instruction.


A Verbal Exit Ticket

  • Have students line up at the door at the end of the period and as they leave they must share an idea or concept they learned from that class. Each student must give a different answer.  No copying! As the students stand in line, they can discuss different possibilities with their peers.

Admission Ticket

  • Students record a fact, concept, or question related to their assigned reading and hand it in as they enter the classroom. The teacher may prefer to assign a guiding question.  An admission ticket serves as a great technique for reading/homework check.

Preparation time: 10 / Delivery time: 10

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