Note. I am adding to this list throughout the Fall, 2019 semester!
Check-out/Exit ticket questions
In many classes I teach, I assign students to base groups, groups of around three or four students who sit together (for most of the time) and “check-in” and “check-out” of class. The goal of base groups is to foster a kind of positive interdependence among students.
The check out questions are typically the same:
- What is one thing you learned today?
- What is one thing you want to learn more about?
The check-in questions typically consist of one that is somewhat general (and not necessarily related to the focus of the previous or present class - or to the class, at all!), whereas the second question is typically related to the recent focus of the class. I thought it would be helpful to collate some of the first check-in questions for future reference (and perhaps for others’ reference). Here are some that I have used:
- What is something that you’re good at but you don’t like to do?
- What is something that you like to do that you’re not good at?
- Imagine you had to learn something new that you’ve never done before. What are your top three ways that you would go about learning it? Note that you can choose/do anything.
- Finish this sentence: One time in science class …
Questions related to who shares first
Finally, I sometimes use a question to help students to determine who shares first. Here are some examples:
- Start with whose birthdate is closest to today
- Start with whomever got the most sleep last night