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April 24, Author: Students entered, listened, practised, wrote exit tickets and left. Surprised, Altman asked what the teacher was doing differently: But the fundamental idea — frequent assessment of student understanding and rapid action — is incredibly powerful.

After attending to careful setting of objectives, introducing exit tickets may be the most powerful change a teacher can make. This approach requires some frequent measure of exit tickets, like exit tickets. Key features needed are: As to the transformative nature of exit tickets, in discussing feedback, one of its two highest-rated strategies, the EEF mentions that: Having discussed, recommended and trained new teachers to use exit tickets, I felt it was time to write about them.

Simple, simple planning At simplest, a lesson could be planned by creating: We shift from asking: This, in turn, rests on having a carefully planned curriculum and scheme of work. Creating objectives and exit tickets is more important than the body of the lesson: The effective ones will start writing at the bottom.

So a necessary prerequisite is a well-framed lesson objective, which: In reality, it is a little more complicated: This also entails artificially narrowing fascinating topics into chunks which can be taught in a lesson. Better to let students concentrate on understanding the scene this lesson, and focus on the conventions of letter-writing next lesson.

Better to maintain simplicity and check our success. A good exit ticket must: So perhaps the answer is to gradually remove structure over time. In the same spirit, formulating a single question incorporating the whole lesson, or two or three sums or grammar points, makes exit tickets manageable and markable.

Whether an exit ticket is a separate slip of paper, a paragraph or set of answers in an exercise book is a matter of taste and convenience: So a teacher may choose one paragraph of a piece of extended writing, or a particular question students have answered, and treat it as an exit ticket.

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Improving english teaching

All seek to exemplify the simplicity of an exit ticket and the clear links to objectives. How best to respond to exit tickets? Carefully-designed exit tickets just leave you with or slips of paper.

On looking through exit tickets, it may be that: Share a model student answer and discuss what makes it good. Share a partial student answer and improve it together.

RAG mark the exit tickets and have students revise or extend their work accordingly. Group students according to the task which is the most suitable next step.

Pair students with answers at different levels and ask them to compare the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Whatever your preferences, it seems important to be: Utilitarian — seeking the greatest good for the greatest number Opportunist — picking up ideas and misconceptions as you find them Efficient — keeping things simple and brief Mastery-oriented — seeking to get every student to a key level of understanding If you choose to RAG mark the exit tickets, you can also use this to track how well students are doing over time — either with a particular aspect of learning, or over time.

Going back to the previous lesson is not a punishment, for you or for students — it is a chance to improve and to understand fully.

Hinge questions are amazing, but they are spectacularly hard to use: Exit tickets give you 24 hours breathing space to work out what students have understood and plan accordingly. This can be a lot of marking although as the options above suggest, it need not be. As I read, I make notes:EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in .

Jay Altman describes a lesson taught by the maths teacher in Boston whose students achieved the best value-added scores in the state. Students entered, listened, practised, wrote exit tickets and left.

Team Teaching, in theory, is a Japanese Teacher of English (JTE) working alongside a native speaker of English (generally an Assistant Language Teacher [ALT]). Ideally, they would both be actively engaged in teaching the daily lesson.

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The TIMSS video studies provide a picture of what happens in mathematics classrooms in the United States and in other countries. Data and Debate. As the number of U.S. students with limited-English proficiency has grown — from about million in to approximately million today — so too have the arguments over the most appropriate methods for educating students.

NASSP Bulletin Vol. 88 No. March 41 Harry K.


Wong is a former high school science teacher. He and his wife, Rosemary, are the authors of The First Days of is the co-author of New Teacher Induction: How to Train, Support, and.

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