# [MTBoS Blaugust] The Ticket Out

My first year of teaching, the main thing[1] that my AP recommended that I change in my lesson was including a “ticket out” at the end of my lesson.

Six years later I still haven’t gotten in the habit of getting a ticket out[2].

That’s why this year I want to build it as a routine so I remember to do it every year.

Gameplan

To remind myself every class, every day, I’m going to set my watch alarm (it only vibrates, so I’m the only one it “disturbs”) with 5 minutes left in class.

There will be small sheets of paper (1/4 sheet?) at their “student supply centers”, located multiple places around the room. One student per group will get sheets for the whole group (usually groups of 3).

Students will put their “ticket” into one of 4 folders by the door. See example[3].

How to Use Them

A master teacher (@staceySisler) at my New Teacher Orientation explained that she often uses tickets out for her activity “My Favorite NO”. This is where she picks one wrong answer and tells the class that it’s her “favorite NO”. She wants the class to guess why it’s her favorite wrong answer.

This does two things: 1) it tells the students that yes, I read the ticket outs and what they are writing is important; 2) it generates a discussion about a wrong answer and can clear up a misconception that many students may share; 3) it gets students talking about math, which is always a good thing. I think I’ll do this in a warm-up via a think/pair/share format. Perhaps even replacing the previously planned warm-up!

Types of Questions

I intend to do many more reflection pieces, though answering questions will be good, too. I need to have these planned in advance, however, as “planning to come up with them on the fly” will result in “not having a good exit ticket”. They should be flexible, however, but that means I need to plan multiple options in advance, instead of no options.

Example

On day 1, I intend to start with Alex Overwijk’s 26 squares. I intend on guiding/steering them into finding the triangle inequality rules along with classification of obtuse/acute/right triangles, and ultimately discovering the Pythagorean theorem. I am going to have one question setup for how far we get (I’m only expecting them to get the first rule, if even that! They’ve got to cut out the squares, after all!)

Here’s my first day’s Google slides, with the multiple ticket outs at the end of the slide.

[1] My AP was very sensitive to the fact that it was my first year teaching and, like all first year teachers, I was doing awesome if I was ready for class by the time the bell rang. So I’m sure she could have given me more advice, but wisely stuck to “one thing” so that I could implement it in my class. Of course, apparently I didn’t listen and haven’t yet

[2] What’s the plural: tickets out? ticket outs? tickets outs?

[3] Just found that via Google image search. I hope to post my own classroom when it’s done!