Classroom Strategies: Exit Slips Encourage Critical Thinking

We’ve been on the lookout for resources that promote the advancement of literacy into adolescence and the teen years.  We’ve found a great one:, created by our friends at WETA.

One of the ideas we liked the most was the use of exit slips in the classroom.  According to the website, “the Exit-Slip strategy requires students to write responses to questions you pose at the end of class. Exit slips help students reflect on what they have learned and express what or how they are thinking about the new information. Exit Slips easily incorporate writing into your content area classroom and require students to think critically.”

Prompts can be used to document learning (e.g. “Write one thing you learned today.”), emphasize the process of learning (e.g. “I didn’t understand…”), or evaluate the effectiveness of instruction (“Did you enjoy working in small groups today?”).  Here is a graphic organizer they’ve made for you to give exit slips a try: download here.

Check out this page to learn more about the Exit Slip strategy.  We’ll keep our eyes peeled for other classroom strategy resources.

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