I like to share with my clients that in all language classrooms, teachers need to ensure that they allow time in the beginning of each lesson to explain content and language objectives and then again at the end of the lesson to see whether these objectives were met. I think teachers shy away from the end of the lesson reflection because they are concerned that if the objectives were not met that the lesson was a flop. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Engaging students in a conversation around why the objectives were not met can be a lesson in itself. Maybe students didn’t have all the vocabulary they needed. Maybe it took the class longer than expected to learn the process of an experiment. Or maybe there was a fire drill and the time of the lesson was impacted. One way to start this conversation is through the use of exit slips. Part of every assessment cycle should have students reflect on their own understanding of content that either the teacher delivered or that they themselves have discovered. Here are a few links we have found. You’ll find exit slip documents that you can edit, ideas for prompts and classroom use. In language classrooms, it can be helpful to have students share their exit slips to build language.
- Exit Slips Galore (in English): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z-O3hzM0qiatNSqOuUbUw4EgiaSmDh2AMNjoA4CNBKg/copy
- This teacher loved the Parking Lot idea so much that she has a dedicated bulletin board to it! http://misssusco.weebly.com/reading.html
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