A vital part of any lesson is reflection. Reflection helps students realize what they have learned and what skills they have been sharpening. Teachers can benefit from student reflections, too. A simple question asking students to raise their hands in response to a “did you get it?” can be enough sometimes. But at other times, a wee bit of data helps to inform the next steps. Here are a few tools that can be used for collecting data via exit tickets:
This is a fast and easy way to gather student feedback. So, even if you simply reuse questions asking students to respond to “what did you learn today?” and “what questions do you have for next class?” the feedback can be essential in helping to plan next steps. Of course, with all the options available in the newly updated Google Forms, why not go for something more – include pictures, links, and more to get more specific and detailed feedback along with open-ended questions to get broad, general information.
Socrative has been one of my favorite tools for formative assessment for several years. It allows for prepared activities such as quizzes to check for understanding or mastery. It also provides opportunities for asking open-ended questions where students can answer that simple “did you get it?” question or a question where more-in-depth or critical thinking can be encouraged. Socrative says that you can quickly assess students with on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. I’m a firm believer in careful planning but this does allow for asking a verbal question to which students can respond. It is quick and easy and students could log in to the teacher’s classroom as the teacher is posing the question and inviting students in less than a minute which preserves instructional and learning time.
I’ve been a fan of Padlet for a long, long time. I used it even before it became Padlet! The real beauty of Padlet is that it allows for the sharing of text, hyperlinks, and more. When researching, students could share a hyperlink that relates to the over-arching topic and other students have quick access to the same links. When creating products, students can use a variety of creativity tools and simply share a link to theirs on a Padlet and their peers have access to their product.
Who doesn’t like playing a game? End class with a Kahoot! and make providing feedback fun. This requires for a little bit of front loading by the teacher to create meaningful questions to students for responding but the questions can be specific and the results could even count as a formative assessment score in the gradebook.
This is one of my newest go-to-tools. I like that Nearpod allows for import of a slide presentation that teachers might already have created. Then, simply add an interactive activity to check for understanding. Open-ended questions can also be added to allow for that broad, “what did you learn today?” type question as well. The import makes it easy for teachers to use what they already have and ease into integrating interactive, online tools into their repertoire.
We know that reflection is important to clarify and draw attention by making student learning mindful. Why not also let it provide feedback for you to direct your next steps in lesson planning?