Monitoring your students’ progress is one of those things that everybody knows they have to do, but doing it in a measurable way outside of quizzes or (even less frequently) through mid-terms is so overwhelming that many of us simply tend to leave it to subjective measurements like… “Nobody’s asking questions, they must get it.”
But here’s the thing – We’ve all been there.
Some are inspired by the concept of quickly quizzing their students before they walk out of the class, but deflated by the idea of handing out papers, collecting them, sorting them all out, and then recording the results. I can’t say I blame them.
Luckily there are a lot of ways to simplify and streamline the process now, and you can even get it done in a way that automates just about everything for you. The great part is that you can incorporate cell phones right into the classroom and keep your students engaged in what you’re studying.
Socrative is one of the better ways I’ve found to do this.
Here’s a video on how to use Socrative to create your own instant phone quizzes and exit slips in a way that records your students’ answers and gives you a LOT to work with in verifying students’ comprehension levels.
One of the great things I mentioned in the video is that you can save the quizzes you’ve created, so if you teach the same class twice or find yourself using the same material multiple times, you’re already set to go. Ambitious teachers can set up weekly tests, pop quizzes, and exit slips based on units or even page numbers of text books.
Can you see how exit slips can be useful in your class? How will you use Socrative with your students? Let me know below!