Well, I officially went back into school today to start getting ready for the upcoming school year. I’m just starting to get my head around my long-term view of what I’ll be teaching, but I have spent some time over the summer thinking about how I can do more frequent formative assessments. Exit slips have always been a quick method, so I’ve broadened my range of questions/prompts in order to move beyond “what did you learn today?” I have made a set of 30 different exit cards that will get students thinking critically.
- make connections
- synthesize their knowledge
- think about how they learn and contribute in class
- understand WHY they are learning what they are learning
- reflect on their learning with greater depth
The cards will help me to adjust my learning too, giving me a quick overview of:
- who needs more help
- who needs extension
- what I need to review or cover again
- what I need to teach in a different way
- what I might add to my planning that I hadn’t thought of
Exit cards are win-win, as long as the prompts and questions are really thought out the right way. (And by the way, if you want to download my 30 general-use exit cards, head over to TeachersPayTeachers® now while the Back to School Sale is going on!) What are some formative assessment questions you ask your students?