Everything You Ever Wanted To Know about Using Exit Tickets in your Math Classroom

Although the idea of exit tickets is well known, figuring out how to master using them in your middle & high school math classes is a different story. From finding time to create them, remembering to actually give them, and teaching your students how to do them, this 5-part blogging series covers it all. At the end, there’s even a bonus installment that’s all about how to turn your exit tickets digital!

Part 1 – 5 Reasons you Should be Using Exit Tickets in Your Middle & High School Math Class.

There’s nowhere better to start than the basics. What is an exit ticket? Why would I even want to use them? What are the benefits to both myself and my students? Are they worth the time? If you ever wondered any of these things, this post is for you! You might even learn a few new reasons you would want to up their usage in your math class this year!

Read Part 1 here.

Part 2 – How often should I use an exit ticket? A secondary math teacher explains all

Okay, now that we’re all on board the exit ticket train, it’s time to start figuring out how to make implementing them sustainable for you. Your first plan of action is to figure out how frequently you’re going to administer them, and I certainly give you different thoughts to consider. This post will help you by starting to think about the logistics and how to begin managing an exit ticket, and brainstorming ways to save time in creating them so you can actually keep up and make it routine.

Read Part 2 here.

Part 3 – How to Implement Exit Tickets like a Math Teacher Pro.

Not only do you need to figure out how to keep up with the creation aspect of exit tickets and determine how often you’re actually giving them to your students, you need to start thinking about how you’re giving them to your students. If your students are not used to doing exit tickets and you throw one at them that demands critical thinking, writing about math, and error analysis it might not go over so well. Things like this take deliberate introduction to your students, so I’ll teach you how to implement an exit ticket routine in your classroom so it’s actually successful! I’ll also share my best tips about how I remember to give them every day at the end of class, that way you don’t forget and lose that beautiful momentum!

Read Part 3 here.

Part 4 – What do I do now? What to do with the exit tickets after your students hand them in. Reviewing, feedback, grading, and more! 

THIS post is where the magic is at, and the title really says it all! All those questions you have about the “how” are answered here! I’ll fill you in on all of the logistics and teacher-decisions behind what to do after your students actually complete an exit ticket and turn them in. This one is jam-packed with easy-to-implement ideas that you can immediately use in your classroom!

Read Part 4 here.

Part 5 – Implementing Exit Tickets in Middle & High School Math – Why I Failed Before & How I Fixed It

This is the post where I tell you all the reasons why I failed and try to get you to learn from my mistakes. Please, save yourself some time and headache, and read this post to learn from someone who has been down that road and been there, done that. Not everything that we try is an immediate success, and implementing an exit ticket routine was no different. If you’d like to learn from my prior mistakes and get some words of wisdom for exit ticket success along the way, this post has your name on it.

Read Part 5 here.

BONUS – How to Make a Digital Exit Ticket: Turn Your Exit Tickets DIGITAL!

When I originally wrote this blogging series (a year ago!!!), teaching in a global pandemic wasn’t on anybody’s future radar. At this point in teaching, we are all scrambling to figure out how to adapt to a new, digital teaching environment. Even if we’re actually in school for a hybrid model, let’s face it, nobody wants to be actually collecting papers from students. That’s tricky (and icky) given the germ situation. I share some of my favorite tips and tricks to teach you how to create your own digital exit tickets that you can assign via Google Classroom using Google Slides. For step-by-step instructions as well as a YouTube tutorial you can follow along to.

Read this awesome bonus post here.

I hope you enjoy this blogging series! It would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to share this post.


If you would like to purchase the exit ticket templates I have developed and use, you can find them here.

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