“The single most powerful thing I’ve done all year, from lesson one, maintaining it consistently, and it’s impressed external observers and internal mentors alike.” says Kris Boulton. “The exit ticket provides a snapshot of whole class understanding for each and every lesson, in under two minutes. For effort to impact ratio, they’re a no brainer. I can’t even imagine planning the next lesson without them.”
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I’ve used this idea a few times with my GCSE classes, usually asking something along the lines of “what’s the most important point to take away from this lesson”, and it provides a really useful insight into the pupils’ thinking. I often start the next lesson by offering the students three or four thought-provoking answers to consider, then asking them to pick the one they think is best, or rank them in some way. The students always engage really well with this. Any other suggestions for follow-up activities most welcome!