Eighth-grade students from Rich Richardson's class at the Expeditionary Learning Middle School in Syracuse, New York use the simple, yet powerful assessment strategy of exit tickets. At the end of class, students write on note cards or slips of paper an important idea they learned, a question they have, a prediction about what will come next, or a thought about the lesson for the day. Alternatively, students could turn-in such a response at the start of the next day–either based on the learning from the day before or the previous night’s homework. These quick writes can be used to assess students’ knowledge or to make decisions about next teaching steps or points that need clarifying. This reflection helps students to focus as they enter the classroom or solidifies learning before they leave.

In this video, students and teachers are engaged with a protocol/engagement strategy from EL's grades 3-8 ELA curriculum.

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Core Practices in Action: Management in the Active Classroom, Part 2: Protocols and Strategies

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This series of videos accompanies our 2015 book Management in the Active Classroom, which supports teachers to foster "self-managed" classrooms that are respectful, active, collaborative, and growth-oriented. The book and the majority of the accompanying…


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This series of videos accompanies our 2015 book Management in the Active Classroom, which supports teachers to foster "self-managed" classrooms that are respectful, active, collaborative, and growth-oriented. The book and the majority of the accompanying videos are divided into two parts:

Part 1: Foundational Structures and Practices
Core Practices in Action: Management in the Active Classroom, Part 1: Foundational Structures and Practices
Part 2: Protocols and Strategies to Build Engagement, Collaboration, and Responsibility
Core Practices in Action: Management in the Active Classroom, Part 2: Protocols and Strategies

To get back to the main Management in the Active Classroom channel go to: Core Practices in Action: Management in the Active Classroom

To get back to the main Core Practices in Action channel go to: Core Practices in Action

Interested in more information about EL Education's publications and videos? Contact Libby Woodfin at lwoodfin@eleducation.org.

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