So, I started using exit slips or 4 question mini quizzes to test their knowledge.
4 Question Mini Quiz
I love the 4 question mini quiz because it's a straight shot at their comprehension of the basic problem. Plus, you can make your own 4 question mini quiz in about 4 seconds without any copying!
1. Ask the students to fold a new paper into hot dog style, then hamburger style. You should end up with your paper in fourths.
2. On your paper - place 4 quick comprehension questions for the kids. I usually try to do two types of problems, so they have two attempts at each type.
3. Let them get to work!
I love the setup because sometimes, they write their problems so messily that I can't read their work. The 4 boxes really help me clearly see how they are working through the problem.
The key to a good exit slip session is not forcing them to rush doing it out the door. It really works best in a Cored Setting, where they have to complete the exit slip before moving on to another activity that's not whole-class in nature.
I've attached my copy of an Exit Slip for everyone to download here! Since I work in a cash-strapped district, my exit slips are a little small and 4 up on a page. That way I can save my precious paper (....preciooooouuuuussssss....) and copy limits!
I'm pretty happy what I put together, combining a form my neighbor made along with my plot graph idea and summary section. It's available over at TpT!