26 Exit Ticket Ideas and Examples for Immediate Feedback

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Experienced teachers know that a good classroom is more about a back-and-forth, give-and-take model than just “teacher talks, students listen.” Students are most successful when teachers are constantly assessing their progress and adjusting instruction. Exit tickets are one terrific way to get immediate feedback on the lesson at hand. They work in every classroom at every level, and in virtual classrooms too. Here are some of our favorite ways to put them into practice.

What is an exit ticket?

Exit tickets are responses written by students to questions posed by teachers at the end of a class or lesson. The quick, informal assessments help teachers quickly assess their students’ understanding of the material.

Exit Ticket Ideas and Examples

1. Ask “What stuck with you today?”

A poster reading "What stuck with you today?" with sticky note responses posted below

Teach From the Heart/exit tickets via teach-from-the-heart.blogspot.com

Find out what made the most impact with one simple question. Sticky notes are fantastic for exit tickets; just have each student post theirs to the board on their way out the door.

2. Lunch questions

A classroom poster with a lunch question "Tell me a word that rhymes with sock" as an example of exit tickets in the classroom

Fresh & Fun First Grade/lunch question via freshandfunfirstgrade.blogspot.com

In elementary classrooms, there’s no need to wait until the end of the day. Try using exit tickets before lunch or recess. Kids too young to write? Have them tell you their answer on their way out the door.

3. Have them “tweet” it

A classroom poster with the Twitter emblem marked #ExitTweets and student responses posted below

Texas Teaching Fanatic/exit tweets via texasteachingfanatic.wordpress.com

This cute “Twitter” board is sure to appeal to young social media fans. Laminate the cards so they can be reused each day.


4. Gauge understanding with emojis

Here’s another way to help today’s kids connect and share their progress. Have them circle an emoji on this free printable and explain why it reflects their understanding.

5. Record a Flip video

Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is a totally free online tool for schools, where kids record video answers to a question posted by their teacher. This is such a cool exit ticket idea for virtual classrooms, though it works in face-to-face classrooms too.

6. Collect exit tickets on a traffic light

Have students post their tickets on a traffic light to indicate whether they’re doing fine or struggling a bit. That way, you can focus on those who need more help first.

7. Give them a prompt

Exit tickets with prompts, blank lines to write an answer and an illustration of a blue fuzzy monster

Classroom Freebies/exit slip via classroomfreebies.com

Sometimes exit tickets are very specific, but other times you just want to know what students’ general reaction was to the class that day. We like this simple option that offers a few prompts to get them started.

8. Use the “Post-It, Prove It” method of exit tickets

A classroom poster titled "Write an Equation" with students' sticky note responses posted below

Smith Curriculum & Consulting/Post-It, Prove It! via smithcurriculumconsulting.com

Here’s an example of a more specific exit question. Try to ask questions that have more than one right answer, so students don’t just copy each other’s responses.

9. Let them teach others

A colorful printable titled "Tip Jar" with space for students to write down a tip for other students

Cierra Harris Teaching/tip jar via cierraharristeaching.com

Kids often surprise us by looking at things in entirely different ways but still getting the correct answers. Their thoughts on a subject may give you ideas for helping other students who need a bit more instruction.

10. Take a poll

Online polls make terrific exit tickets. Poll Everywhere is free to use, and kids can text their answers. Fun!

11. Encourage self-reflection

An exit ticket with blank space to answer prompts of name, one thing I did well today, and one thing I still need to practice.

Primarily Speaking/exit ticket via primarily-speaking.com

Valuable as they are to teachers, exit tickets are also important for helping students self-assess. This version lets them reflect on their strengths and areas for improvement.

12. Tell two facts and a fib

We love this interactive ticket idea! Kids write down two facts about today’s subject and one fib. They trade with another student to see if they can guess the incorrect fact before turning them in.

13. Try them in any class

An example of exit tickets written in French with colorful illustrations and explanations

Lucy S./French exit tickets via forfrenchimmersion.com

Oui, oui, les “billets de sortie” work in French class, or Chemistry, or Art History … every teacher should try them.

14. Keep an exit ticket journal

An example of journal pages teachers can use to keep track of exit tickets they give their students each day

The SuperHERO Teacher/exit ticket planner via secondaryenglishcoffeeshop.blogspot.com

Give exit tickets a bit more substance by having students keep them in a journal. This gives them a nice record of learning and can help when it comes time to review for tests or write a paper.

15. Post exit tickets on Padlet

Think of Padlet as an online bulletin board. Teachers post a question or topic, and kids add their answers. See our review of Padlet here, then give it a try.

16. Print exit tickets on sticky notes

Exit tickets printed on colored sticky notes.

Structural Learning/exit slips via structural-learning.com

Did you know you can easily print on sticky notes? This game changer means you can easily customize exit tickets for any topic.

17. Write a 3, 2, 1 list

An exit ticket that asks students to name three things, list two things and ask one question on a particular subject

The Art of Education/exit slip via theartofeducation.edu

The 3, 2, 1 method allows kids to self-assess, but it also lets them indicate a deeper level of interest in the topic at hand.

18. Make it a mini-assessment

A half page example of using exit tickets as an assessment tool

Young Teacher Love/exit ticket via kristinenannini.com

You’ll have to prep these in advance, but an assessment exit ticket is sort of like a no-stress quiz. Kids simply do their best, without worrying about grades, and you get a better feel for their progress.

19. Fill up a shopping cart

A bright yellow exit ticket with a picture of a shopping cart and space for student responses under the title "My Grocery List"

The Owl Teacher/exit ticket via theowlteacher.com

Here’s a chance to really see what their takeaways were from a lesson. This will let you see if your learning objectives are coming through as they should.

20. Follow science lab with exit tickets

Colorful examples of science lab exit tickets

The Science Duo/exit tickets via thescienceduo.com

Hands-on science exploration should be followed up with written observations and conclusions. Use exit tickets to check for understanding.

21. Sum it up with one sentence

A teal colored exit ticket asking student to summarize the day's reading

Reading Rockets/exit tickets via readingrockets.org

Help your students distill what the day’s lesson was all about with a one-sentence summary. This requires students to prioritize the most important elements of the activity and reveals whether they are getting the “big picture.”

22. Keep it simple

An exit ticket with illustrations of a thumb up, thumb sideways and thumb down indicating the level of each student's understanding

Structural Learning/exit ticket via structural-learning.com

Sometimes you look out at your students and you see a lot of blank stares. When this happens, take a quick moment to use this exit slip. It will help you assess who’s on board and who needs further instruction.

23. Change it up

Five examples of exit tickets for students

The Curriculum Corner/exit tickets via thecurriculumcorner.com

If you always use the same exit tickets after a lesson, your students might go on autopilot. Change up your format by asking students how they’re doing in a variety of ways.

24. Match your exit tickets with your teaching philosophy

Colorful exit tickets that support the Habits of the Mind philosophy

Glitter Meets Glue/exit tickets via glittermeetsglue.com

These colorful prompts were developed to support the Habits of Mind framework. Choose from questions that encourage your students to observe, reflect, and explore what they’re learning.

25. Collect answers on Google Forms

Teaching online or looking to save paper? Collect your tickets using Google Forms instead. This is especially useful if you’re already using Google Classroom.

26. Take time to analyze exit tickets

An exit slip analysis page in a teacher's notebook that allows teachers to show what skills and standards were addressed

Jennifer Findley/exit slip analysis via jenniferfindley.com

Make sure your exit tickets are worth the effort. Spend a little time at the end of each class or day looking over student responses, and make notes about any needs they indicate.

Exit tickets are just one type of formative assessment. Check out our guide to formative assessment.

Plus, 12 Super Creative Curriculum Review Ideas and Games.


Use exit tickets to check student understanding of what they learned and get immediate feedback on that day's lesson.