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Best Idea Ever: 5 Minute or Less Responses

Education World's Best Idea Ever feature highlights a favorite teacher-tested idea designed to help you teach a lesson, manage a classroom, communicate with parents, impress colleagues and administrators—and amaze them all with your energy and creativity!

Admit and exit slips are small pieces of paper on which students respond—usually in five minutes or less—to a thought-provoking question or statement. Admit slips are done at the start of class, while exit slips are completed after class or at the end of the day. Math teacher Stephen Gabbard uses admit slips as a class opener to focus students on the topic of study, provide background information and direction, and review skills needed for the lesson. Exit slips, he says, finalize the lesson, allow students to draw conclusions, and make it evident if a student has grasped the concepts of the lesson. "A good lesson is sort of like a story," Gabbard explained. "It needs an opener, a plot, and a closing element. One way to accomplish this is through the use of admit and exit slips."

Submitted by: Stephen Gabbard, Jackson County High School, McKee, Kentucky.

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