Do any of you use exit cards? I have to admit that I haven’t done it once in any of my classes (shh…don’t tell my admin!) I guess it’s because I don’t see myself reading little slips of paper each day of what they learned. I simply don’t have time for that. What am I supposed to do with the information? I’m a pretty environmentally conscious person as well, so to photocopy that many pieces of paper seems like a waste to me, especially since I don’t see the value. On the other hand, I see the value in formative assessments and I use them all the time. If students don’t do well on them, I can take action. I can modify my lessons plans or I can have them come in for extra help and it really works. I don’t see what action I can take to help students by using exit cards. Answering a few questions they may have? For those of you who use exit cards, is it worth it?
It’s not that I haven’t thought about doing exit cards, but in more creative (and environmentally friendly) ways. I thought about using Twitter, for instance. I have to admit, I’m still not using Twitter. I opened an account for classroom purposes only and I never use it. I like the idea of Twitter in that students would be writing in French. They would have to be short and to the point and writing all the time. I figured that they’re using it all the time anyways. Why not have them take a minute to post what they learned in class or what questions they still have?
Then I thought about a blog for my students only. They could comment on short posts about the day’s lesson. I think I’d be more likely to read their comments on a blog. The only problem is I’m not sure if they’d actually visit the blog to comment. I think it would be the same issue with Twitter.
So, it’s back to the drawing board…
I’d love to hear if you use exit cards and why you find them to be valuable.