French exit tickets (or exit slips) will let you carry out formative assessments easily and quickly. In French, we call them “billets de sortie”.
You can use “les billets de sortie” at the end of any lesson, no matter what grade or subject you teach.
At the end of the post, you’ll find a FREE printable file with exit tickets!
French Exit Tickets
French exit tickets are short questions or prompts that will:
- allow students to use a new skill or apply new knowledge immediately
- teach students to reflect upon their own learning process
- provide you with feedback about the class
That might sound complex or like something that requires lots of prep.
Yes, you can create a fancy board with printed tickets…
…but you can also try this strategy tomorrow!
What you need:
– small pieces of paper (big enough for students to write their answers)
– questions or prompts
At the end of the day/lesson, ask your students to write their names on the pieces of paper.
Tell them that you’re going to ask a question (or give them a prompt) and they should write the answers on the piece of paper.
Ask questions that students should be able to answer in up to 5 minutes. Actually, they should be able to answer the question in a minute or two. Exit tickets are not quizzes.
Have them hand the papers back to you as they leave or you can have a box or jar where they can drop the tickets on their way out.
French Exit Tickets Ideas
Now, what about the questions?
Here are some ideas for you:
if you introduced new vocabulary on the day
- “What is one word we practiced today?” – for kinders/beginners, ask them to write the word and draw a picture that represents that word. For upper grades/intermediate/advanced, ask them to write the word and a sentence using the word.
- Complete the sentence: “In class today, I felt… (adjectives for feelings)”, “The character in the book we discussed today is/has… (character traits or physical description words), “Two words that start with D are…”, etc
- If somebody says “How are you?” / “Thank you!” / “Nice to meet you!” / etc, what do you say?
- Write a pair of synonyms, a pair of opposite words, or two words that rhyme, etc
- What word or expression would you like to practice more next class?
if you practiced a grammar structure
- Ask a question or prompt that would elicit the use of the grammar structure. So, for example, if you’re teaching “les hypothèses”, the question could be “si tu étais un animal (or any other relevant word), lequel serais-tu?”, or “si j’avais…”
- Say a sentence and ask students to write the same sentence in the negative form or in the interrogative form.
in Math class
- Write an even number, a multiple of 4, a fraction and represent it with a drawing, represent a number in 2/3/4 different ways, write an odd number that is multiple of 5, write an equation that uses all four symbols (+, -, /, x), and so on.
general questions about the lesson
- What did you learn about (topic of the lesson)?
- What else would you like to learn about (topic of the lesson)?
- Did you like working in centers? Did you feel better working in small groups? Do you learn better working individually?
- Do you know what the goal of the lesson was? Was the goal of today’s lesson achieved?
French Exit Tickets for Pre-assessment
“Billets de sortie” don’t have to be only about what was practiced/taught, they can also be used to assess previous knowledge in preparation for a lesson you’ll be giving the following class.
For that purpose, the questions could be: “what do you know about spiders (or other topics)?”, “what would you like to learn about the planets (or other topics)?”, etc.
The beauty of this pre-assessment “exit slips” is that they will enable you to adjust the future lesson to what your students know and expect.
As mentioned at the top of this post, all you need to get started with exit tickets are pieces of blank paper and questions or prompts.
If you’d like to use the file pictured in this post, just fill out the form below and the file will be emailed to you FREE!
Thank you for your time and comment below if you have any questions about exit tickets!
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