Day two: in praise of exit tickets

Day two, and the acid test – some language analysis. We read Act 1, Scene 2 of The Tempest.

LO: TBAT draw inferences from Prospero’s relationships in 1.2 of The Tempest

The exit tickets have made DIRT time effective, for probably the first time ever with 8X3. As there are only three possible questions, it’s much easier for me to address people who don’t understand what they’re being asked, rather than having to deal with twenty potential questions (and people who can’t read my handwriting). I get some good answers and definitely some good thought.

We annotate an extract together using targeted questioning and a visualiser, and then I ask them some questions based around this. Then it’s exit ticket time again, this time with a language question. They respond wonderfully – the clear questions helping structure their thoughts and allowing them to produce some insightful answers. I introduce the progress tracker at the same time as the exit ticket, and it gets a good reaction, with people being suitably competitive, although distressingly the two “reds” from yesterday don’t buck up their attitude significantly.

In fact, they work with such focus and effort that I am able to fill out the first block on their class reward chart (or as it is now known, “the road to cake”.)

Exit ticket looks like this. I put the quotation up on the board.:

NAME   __________________________________________

 1. What does this quotation tell you about Prospero’s relationship with his daughter?

This quotation suggests that __________________________



2. How does this quotation tell you this (ie. which words/phrases)?

The word/phrase  _________________________________

suggests that _____________________________________

3. What do we think or feel towards Prospero or Miranda in this scene?

We would probably feel _____________________________

because _________________________________________



I have some reservations about over-scaffolding, and have to remind myself that I’m going to pull this scaffolding away in weeks to come – that I’m just building up knowledge and understanding.

Exit tickets take me less than five minutes to mark, DIRT questions five minutes to write.

I’m enjoying this so far, but I’m curious to see what effect it has on retention… will they remember any of what they’ve written down when it comes to their longer task at the end of the week?

Day two: in praise of exit tickets

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