At Quick Key, we are big fans of frequent formative assessment. We certainly see the value in those summative assessments that allow us to see how much our students have grown over time, but we believe the power of teaching is in the day-to-day understanding of what our students know and what they need to learn. As teachers, we also realize the power of knowing if our teaching is effective. Exit tickets, those sets of 3-5 questions after a lesson, are incredibly helpful in allowing teachers to see exactly what students have mastered, what they haven’t and who might need some re-teaching; what an opportunity to figure out how to best differentiate our lessons for the myriad of learners in our classrooms! For students, exit tickets can be an opportunity to reflect on their own learning. We were delighted to see that the New York Times featured exit tickets as a teaching strategy this morning: