Ticket Out The Door

Purpose

Closure activity - allows and engages each student in the cognitive process of wrapping up the lesson. Can be a formative assessment if the teacher reviews the student responses/contribution.
The learner is to describe or explain the major concept of the lesson.

Grade/Content

May be used (and should be used) with any grade level, any content area including adult learners.

Process

Display and verbalize a prompt that promotes the learners to summarize their learning for the lesson or session. They write their response on a scrap piece of paper, post-it note, or formal teacher provided handout. This is usually a quick prompt that the learners can respond in 30 seconds to a couple of minutes.

  • For technology integration, consider having students tweet their response or add to a blog.
  • Consider non-linguistic responses as well.
  • Extend closure by having the learners share and discuss their responses.

Like any strategy, the effectiveness can wain if overdone or there is a lack of variety. Consider different prompts, types of prompts - be creative.

Examples

  • Write a news headline one what you learned today.
  • 3-2-1: List three new things you learned today, 2 things you want to know more about and 1 question you still have.
  • 3-2-1: 3 most important things learned, 2 questions that still need to be answered and 1 way their learning connects to what they knew before.
  • Draw an image that represents <?>.
  • Write a question for the test - and what the answer is.
  • What new learning will you walk away with today?
  • Write a postcard to a friend about what you learned today.
  • Write a text message to a friend about what you learned today.
  • How does what you learned today relate to <?>?
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