The use of exit cards is an effective closure activity that provides us with a formative assessment of student learning. This may be a sticky note or index card in which students provide answers to one or more prompts. This may be as simple as:
- "What are three things you learned today?"
- "What is something that is confusing you about today's lesson?"
Questions may be more content specific.
- "What are the three major events that led to the New Deal"?
The 3-2-1 Exit Card provides a consistent framework:
1. What are three things that you learned in class today?
2. What are two questions that you still have?
3. What is one aspect of the class that you enjoyed or did not enjoy.
Some teachers have students post their exit cards to a board as they exit the room. This provides a quick visual for teachers to review responses and modify instruction the next day based on the results. Online discussion boards provides a collaborative approach to exit cards. Using this method students may post and respond to each others answers allowing for an extension of the class discussion as well as opportunities for peer to peer instruction.