EBS-Exit Ticket

Exit Ticket

(Pssst...it's not really 50 questions)

What Are Exit Tickets and Why Are They Effective?

Exit tickets are “quick, ungraded assessments” that provide insight into student learning. Did my students achieve the expectations of the success criteria? In other words, student answers to “How will I know I learned it?” can be captured by exit tickets.

The value of seeing exit tickets as more than as a fast, formative assessment or reflection tool. You can use it to help students develop the conceptual understanding necessary for transfer from surface to deep learning through the use of rehearsal (effect size of d=0.73).

The Rehearsal Strategy Is Why

If you’re not familiar with rehearsal, it is a high-effect size strategy with an effect size of d=0.73. The Visible Learning MetaX database defines it in this way:

Rehearsal refers to mental techniques for helping us remember information. It can involve many strategies. Those can include memorizing information through repetition. Organize data at random, then repeat the information when prompted with a visual cue. Visual cues can include images, photographs or index cards.

The rehearsal strategy assists learners in consolidating new learning. As such, it is a surface learning strategy that can aid students. It does this by deepening their conceptual understanding of terminology and vocabulary.

This improved grasp of vocabulary through rehearsal builds a foundation. It enables learners to process the information they have learned.

For exit tickets, be sure to read TCEA’s blog entries:

Since rehearsal includes strategies that help us remember information, combine visual cues with exit tickets or gamify it. Read more about elaborative rehearsal strategies.

Wait, There's More! Dicebreakers and Dice Debriefs

Activity: Let's Give It a Try

Create a dicebreaker activity using one of the templates available.

Directions: Dicebreaker Activity

  1. Take a moment to get up and walk around.

  2. Pair up with someone and roll the dice.

  3. Read the prompt for your number (use the chart shown right)

  4. Share your response with your partner.

  5. Listen to your partner.

  6. Find a new partner. Repeat until time expires.

  7. Return to your seat when activity is complete.


  1. Pair Up

  2. Roll The Dice using one of these free services:

    1. Roll Die

    2. Roll a Die

    3. Classroom Dice

  3. Share what your dice debrief is in your group

  4. Discuss with each other

  5. Share Takeaway via Dice Debrief Jamboard (choose an empty panel or duplicate one for your group)