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As a teacher Post-it® is probably one of my favorite tools for quick checks. I utilize them at the end of a lesson at least once a week, and often times that data is so much more helpful than any quiz could be. I decided to create a simple Post-it® exit chart so that I could implement that strategy on a more consistent basis and also, not clutter up my board. Because let’s be real, as a teacher your white board space is ALWAYS at a premium.
I was picking up some supplies for myself and my kids for back to school at Walmart and happened to see that they had a killer deal on Post-it® notes. Since I firmly believe that you can never have enough I stocked up on both the traditional 3×3 sizes and also grabbed some lined ones for planning purposes. I also grabbed a giant sheet of poster board so that my exit slip catcher could be a permanent fixture in my room.
I started off by dividing my poster board into 28 Post-it® sized squares. I numbered each square 1-28 (I only have 26 students this year, but you never know what the future holds) using my silhouette and some wood grain contact paper. I went with a woodland themed classroom this year so there is an abundance of wood grains, branches and naturific details throughout. Then it was as simple as hanging it on the wall. Now at the end of my lessons I can simply give each student a Post-it® note for them to write their response and they can stick it in the box that matches their student number. I can quickly see which students haven’t done the exit task and I can group students based on understanding into small groups for our learning centers the rest of the week.
To make it even easier to keep track of those slips, I created a Post-it® printable template so that I can print my exit task questions directly on a Post-it® and then stick that one to the top of the stack. This works great for collecting data for the dreaded TPEP evaluation, and is just good practice for tracking progress in the classroom! Click HERE for the Post-it® Template!
How do you do quick checks and exit slips in your classroom? How are you preparing for back to school?