Ideas for AFL/SBL Exit Slips

One of the most common types of assessments used in the AFL classroom is the Exit Slip.  AFL teachers find this type of feedback helpful as they assess how successful their lessons are, as they gather data for differentiation purposes, and as they seek to better meet student needs.

The following picture is one used by a teacher at Salem High School.  She actually found it on Pinterest - one of the world's great educational resource depositories for sure!  Take a look at the exit slip and then scroll down to see more about how it is used.


Notice how this exit slip gives students very direct guidance as to what feedback they should leave.  Typically, this will lead to more productive and useful information than an open-ended question will.  Also, notice the Standards Based component of this specific exit slip.  Students are asked to rate/evaluate themselves on what is essentially a 1-4 scale.  This is helpful for moving students away from purely looking at progress in terms of the accumulation of points for the numerator and instead to thinking in terms of mastery.  However, you will need to train them on what the terms mean.  Below are descriptions of novice, apprentice, practitioner, and expert that need to be taught to students.  Once taught these terms, it would make sense for students to be asked to use them for many types of assessments.


Finally, here's an idea for how you could collect the Exit Slips.  Take a look at the picture below.  By having students place their Exit Slip into the appropriate folder, the teacher saves time gathering data on how the class as a whole is doing.

Note: The terms used on the Board below are different from those used on the Exit Slip above.  The pictures did not come from the same source.  However, the concepts align well.


So what do you think?  How could you apply these concepts and ideas to your classroom?  Are you already doing something similar?  What have you found works well or doesn't work well?  Have you made modifications to improve the practice?

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  • I like this idea a lot, and I think I might use a simpler version.  Every student in my class has an index card with their name on it.  I think instead of having them fill out the exit slip attached in this blog [which might be time-consuming], they could just put their index card into the appropriate pouch as they leave the room.  This would enable me to perhaps pair up students by ability on a subsequent day [pair the 4s and 1s, the 3s and 2s, for example].  Also, I could very quickly see how well each student is understanding the material with this method.

  • I usually go the sticky note route with exit tickets and students stick them on my cabinet on the way out of class.

    When we are reviewing for a quiz/test, I use the exit ticket as an opportunity to have students come up with one to three review questions (must write their answers on back). I then hand their questions to a different student the following day for the Do Now which allows me to not only assess what they've learned but allow them to share that with other students.

  • Give a sticky note to every kid.  This can be done in the middle of the class while teaching so you don't have to take time away from anything else. Then ask a question(s) based on the content from the day.  This is fast an efficient because it doesn't have to be a pre-determined question, because I don't always get to the point I think I may get to. Then have students answer it on sticky note and stick it on the board on the way out the door. Easy way to get feedback!!!

  • Use a Quia Millionaire or quiz on on the projector. All students have four 8x10 cards with A, B, C, D. on them. Go through the millionaire, read the question, and have everyone grab their answer choice. Count to 3 and have them raise the cards at the same time. Easy way to scan the crowd and see how they are doing. NOTE: When making the A, B, C, D cards, have all the A's one color, all the B's another color, etc, etc. 

  • I love these ideas.  It is so important for the students to self evaluate.  The folder idea is really cool and easy to use.

  • I have used this exit ticket before it was a great way to get some instant feedback and determine how much more time needs to be spent covering the material.

  • I have something similar set up in the back of my room where students put their exit slips in folders that represent how they feel they have mastered that day's lesson. My folders are labeled "got it, almost, kind of, and nope."

  • I really like the form!  I also like Emily's idea of putting it into a Google form and having the data sorted into groups.

  • Easy exit slip from Ms. Janicki: Give a sticky note to every kid and ask a question(s) based on the content from the day and they fill it out and stick it on the board on the way out the door. Easy way to get feedback!!! 

  • I plan to have students assess themselves using the following criteria (also a Pinterest idea). They will create their own standards based progress report using their assessment data and the categories listed below.

    OUT OF THIS WORLD: I am working on a high level. I can explain how to do this. I can teach others.

    FLYING HIGH: I can do it by myself. I make few or no mistakes.

    TAKING OFF: I am starting to understand. I sometimes need help or an example.

    READY FOR TAKEOFF: I am starting to learn this. I cannot do it by myself yet.

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