Reflections on the article...
The Many Uses of Exit Slips
by Robert J. Marzano
Reading this article reminded me of why I have always admired the work and writing of Robert Marzano. I have often used exit slips for formative assessment, to determine whether my students understood the concepts presented that period, but I had not thought of the many ways I could use exit slips to improve my instruction.
The four kinds of prompts that Marzano mentioned are:
- Prompts that provide formative assessment data - for my third graders a prompt of this type in science might be “What are you confused about regarding how igneous rocks form?”
- Prompts that stimulate student self-analysis - the idea that effort makes a huge difference in how much you learn really needs to be emphasized in my classroom. This coming year, I plan to use the prompt “What could you have done to help yourself learn better?”
- Prompts that focus on instructional strategies - Because I often use instructional strategies that require student talk in groups, I could use the prompt “How did the group talk today help you understand what we were studying?”
- Prompts that are open communications to the teacher - I love the idea of directly asking my students “What is something that I could be doing to help you understand this concept?”
Using exit slips in my classroom in these many ways will help me to be a more effective teacher.