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Entrance Tickets/Do Nows

What is it? 
What is it?
This technique (Sometimes called Warm-Ups, Do Nows, or Bell Ringer) gets students working as soon as they enter the classroom, increasing instructional time.  Students are given Entry Tickets as they arrive at the door, follow the instructions, and complete the task immediately.  Entry tickets are an effective strategy for monitoring student learning and introducing or reviewing instruction.
When can you Use Entry Tickets?
  • Introduce a new unit by linking a major concept to students' own lives
  • Bridge the transition from yesterday's lesson to today's lesson to check what students remember, what students can apply, or what questions emerged
  • Check for understanding of a homework assignment
  • Review key concepts, terms, concepts, or skills presented or practiced during the week
Tips/Procedure Considerations:
1.  Set up:  Familiarize students with their routine for entering a classroom.  
  • Teacher will hand the entrance ticket each day
  • The teacher will place the entrance ticket in the same spot of a classroom.  Example a desk close to where students enter.
  • Teacher will post entry questions on a google slide that is projected on a screen.
2.  Create
  • Decide what you'd like the students to review or learn based on the current unit of instruction.  Write the question or statement on the Entry ticket or post it for students to see (project a slide with the entrance ticket/warm up/do now questions).
3.  Set a specific amount of time for students to answer the Entry Ticket question.  Reconvene the class when the time is up and discuss the answers.
  • Timer:
    • You can have a countdown on the slide show (example 5 minutes).  Start it whenthe bell rings (maybe have a student be in charge of pushing start).
    • Have a physical timer that a student pushes start once the first bell rings.
  • During this time you can take role/conference with individual students/check work completed at home
Examples of Prompts around Growth Mindset
  • What is the biggest challenge you are facing today? Explain why and how this is challenging you.  What do you intend to do about it?
  • What is a problem you are dealing with right now?  If someone were given you advice about how to solve your problem, what do you think they would say?
  • What is a problem or issue you are dealing with right now? If a friend had the same problem, what would you advise THEM to do? Why?
  • What advice would you give to a student who was struggling with this class? Explain using language from the growth mindset graphic or effective effort rubric.
Growth and Fixed Mindset:
  • Write about something you did this week that is a good example of the growth mindset.  What did you do/say/think? Explain how the example is growth mindset.
  • Write about something you did this week that was fixed mindset.  What did you do/say/think? Explain how you could have been more growth minded.
  • We have learned about Growth Mindset.  What is a movie or TV character who is a great example of growth mindset? Explain why.
  • What is a song that has lyrics that are growth minded? Explain.
  • Who inspires you? Explain why and how.
  • What makes you feel like a success? Why?
  • Have your goals changed this year? Why or why not? 
  • What are you passionate about learning? What do you get excited about learning? Why?
  • If someone could help you get better at something, what would you want to get better at? Explain why you want to be good at this.
  • Has there ever been something that you were not good at in the beginning, but then through practice you became good at it? Explain.
  • Describe what it feels like to work hard for something.
  • What advice would you give someone who was terribly nervous about an upcoming event or performance?
  • If you love a topic, subject, or idea, what should you do to make sure that you learn it well?
  • If you need it, do you ask for help? Who from? Why or why not?
Beginning of the Year Prompts
Fun Prompts (not based in academics or super personal):
  • Would you rather:(see examples below):
    • Be a giant insect or a tiny elephant
    • See the future or change the past
    • Eat tacos every day for dinner or eat hamburgers every day for lunch
    • be a superhero or have a robot to do whatever you want
    • Travel to another planet, or make an invention
    • Be a cactus or a bee
  • Ask a famous person three questions, who and what would you ask
  • If you could have two superpowers, what would they be? 
  • What are three items you would want with you if you were stranded on a desert island.
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • What scares you?
  • What are your favorite things to do outside?
  • What are three of your favorite foods to eat? 
  • Which animal makes the best pet? why?
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be? why?
  • Your favorite place to go is .  . 
  • If you could meet a person from TV or movies, who would you choose?
  • Your idea of a perfect dinner would be . . . 
Get to know your student: their interest/academics:
  • What was your most favorite thing you did this summer?
  • Tell a story about a favorite memory:  a great trip, a friend, an important accomplishment and explain why this is important
  • Come up with a word, phrase, or sentence that describes your best qualities.
  • What is your favorite subject and why?
  • Career interest
  • What is your goal for the school year?
Examples of Prompts around Social and Emotional Learning
SEL/Human Time Slideshow Prompts.  Examples of what is included:
    • Like Me:  Teacher says a statement and students put a zoom thumbs up for anything that they agree with.  
    • Which emoji describes your day, week . . . 
    • Picture of 4 different animals: Today I feel like ___, because______
    • Flavor Profile:  Which life savers represents how you are feeling (sugar free, hard candy, mints)
    • Road to this week:  4 pictures which one do they connect with and why
    • Hopes and Fears
    • Elevator Pitch
    • Glow and Grows:  What are you glowing about? What is an area you want to grow in? 
    • 4 Statement Virtual 4 Corners.
    • Virtual Scavenger Hunt
    • Poll Everywhere
    • Mentimeter
End of Year Prompts
  • What was your favorite thing about being in ____ grade?
  • What is something we did this year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?
  • What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?
  • What was the nicest thing someone in our class did for you this year?
  • What was the most challenging part of this year for you?
  • What are three things you did this year to help your classmates?
  • What are the three most important things you learned this year?
  • What is something that was hard for you at the start of the year but is easy now?
  • In what areas do you feel you made your biggest improvements?
  • What is your favorite part of the day in our class? why?
  • What is something you taught your teacher or classmates this year?
  • Of the books you read this year?  Which was your favorite? Why?
  • What was the best piece of writing that you did this year? (or project completed, task done) Why do you think this is your best?
  • What person at our school has made the biggest impact in your life this year? Why?
  • What is something the teacher could have done to make this year better?
  • What are six adjectives that describe this school year?
  • Knowing what you know now, if you could write a letter to yourself that would travel back in time so you would receive it at the start of the school year, what advice would you give your younger self?
  • When you consider the rest of your life, what percentage of what you learned this year do you think will be useful to you?
  • What advice would you give students who will be in this class next year?