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Elementary Technology Intergrator

Socrative

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Socrative is a wonderful tool for this. Also Educreations is excellent for metacognition - the knowing about knowing. The student can show a skill like math or writing for example and do a voice recording indicating their mastery of the item.

Science Education Program Developer, Sci-Q Systems

Excellent point. Why do we

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Excellent point. Why do we waste students' time on so much irrelevance? Why is elementary math geared to hypothetical rather than practical problem solving? Why is there so much lit instruction and so little instruction on reading for information? Why so much algebra and trig for those who will never use it? Why don't we teach the practical implications of chemistry, physics, and the life and earth sciences instead of so much theory? Why aren't all students graduated with a useful job skill? Even those headed to college could sure make use of a "day job" skill to help them pay for higher education. Why on earth are we still teaching multiplication and division of fractions when you can google the procedure if you need it? In fact, why don't we spend more time teaching students how to find the information they need when they need it rather than having them memorize it for a test?

Education Specialist

Flipping the slip

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How about an entrance slip? Are you entering the room out of obligation or because you want to learn about the content within the room? If it is out of obligation do we really think any of these strategies are going to truly bear fruit? Once again we appear to be putting lipstick on a pig, kids forced to take irrelevant courses b/c they are mandated, the pig still smells like ... a pig.

STEM curriculum writer, PLC author, consultant and trainer

I really like this article!

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I really like this article! It gave me so many good ideas - as do the comments posted.
I often use exit slips as a means of capturing what students (or teams) know about the "big idea" of the lesson. I like the idea of team exit slips occasionally because it requires students to work together to pool their knowledge about a central question - thereby increasing the learning. I also use exit slips to ask them to comment on their teamwork - it gives me a sense of where the group needs help with that important skill.

International speaker on changing brains without the need for surgery

The method I use is less

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The method I use is less formal. Students write a reflection at the end of a training session. However, these are all great ideas and I will now do something more formal. Thank you :)

Science Education Program Developer, Sci-Q Systems

These exit slips sound like a

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These exit slips sound like a great idea for secondary classes. All of my experience is elementary, with class sizes usually over 30 students. Self-reflectivity and self-evaluation are not really age appropriate for elementary kids.

My favorite quick and easy (for me) way to check for student understanding is to do an Activate Prior Knowledge activity at the beginning of the lesson if I'm not sure of where the students are. I do this a lot these days because I visit classrooms to do special science lessons.

When I was teaching full time, I usually knew where the kids were coming from. But with new material, I did quick checks by constantly querying a variety of students, making the lesson a dialogue between me and the class. When there was a point that I really wanted to be mastered by the end of the lesson, I'd target my questions to my weakest students, figuring if they got it, then everyone probably did.

Spanish teacher Norfolk, VA

Exit slips

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I really enjoyed reading this article and even the comments. When writing my lesson plans I usually use exit slips as my closure. However, I feel that I needed a novel approach to the exit slip. Thank you all.

I have more than 12

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I have more than 12 differentiated tickets so that we can use them in lots of ways!

Student perspective

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I think using the exit slip as a formative assessment is a great idea. Teachers can use exit slips within all grade levels. I am currently in a graduate program for elementary education PK-6. I never thought about integrating exit slips into my lesson plans. I used exit slips a lot in high school and in my undergraduate studies. It is interesting to see that exit slips can be utilized effectively in elementary grades as well. Within elementary grades I believe it is extremely important to activate prior knowledge and to go off of what your students already know. Therefore, I think using exit slips to guide proper instruction for the follow up class will be very beneficial. Also, discovering shared ideas could also be achieved by using exit slips. I also think using exit slips at the beginning of the year could be a great way to get to know your students!

Masters of Education Student in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Exit Slips= Cooperative Learning

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As a teacher we all know it is hard to monitor who is totally mastering the content we are instructing our students on. However, we are responsible to continuously check for understanding so we don't get through the entire lesson with students not mastering the content.
The exit slip is just that, an exit slip. Students are able to show off what they have gained from your instruction. I have observed a teacher that allowed students to work independently on their exit slips, and then place their exit slip on the door when done. When all the students are done; students then choose a slip off the door and peer-check. This exercise allows students to discuss the content and misconceptions of the lesson.

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