Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Comic Slips

The Exit Slip

Exit slips are a great way to check student understanding after a lesson. Asking a simple question as students are getting ready to leave can help a teacher do a number of things to improve the learning experience for students. For starters, the teacher can simply use the data to determine the quality of the lesson. Whether the students were engaged or not, the teacher has the opportunity to reflect on his/her practice. Second, the teacher can use the data to determine the next steps in teaching. Does a topic need more attention or do you need to accelerate the content? Exit slips are necessary bits of information to help guide that decision. The most important reason is for the purpose of differentiation. Teachers can use the data to create differentiated experiences. Which students can move along with more challenging/independent content? Which students need more small group or individual attention? 

There are lots of different questions you can ask students to get them going on an exit slip. It can be explicit questions to the content, but the best questions tend to allow students to reflect on their learning. If you haven't used a lot of exit slips, here are some great question starters to get your going: 
  1. I tried really hard to...
  2. I think I'm starting to...
  3. I'm going to work harder at...
  4. The most confusing part was...
  5. Two things I remember are...
  6. My teacher can help me with...
  7. I loved the part when...
  8. I can't wait for tomorrow's lesson because...
  9. I wish my teacher knew...
  10. I want to know more about...

The Comic

Comics are a great way to engage students. Real estate is limited in a comic so students need to choose their words wisely. Last week, I wrote about how students can create comics using Google Docs and Webcam Toy. I called it, "Google Domics." It is a fun way for students to communicate their knowledge of just about any topic, and with Webcam Toy, you can take pictures of items to make them appear comic-like.

In my video in this post, I demonstrate using Webcam Toy just as I did in my post about Google Domics. However, I use the "comic strip" option. The difference between the comic book setting and comic strip is that the first takes an individual image whereas the latter takes four consecutive images. This allows for an instant comic strip for a quicker project. 

The Comic Slip

Using a comic slip, the students will need to use the comic strip option in Webcam Toy to take their four consecutive photos. They will need to think carefully about how they want to pose in each one so that they can communicate with their facial expression how they felt about their learning during the day/lesson. They will also need to carefully think about how they are going to communicate through their words. You as the teacher can give them one of the ten exit slip starters listed or make up your own. 

Another option for speeding up the process is to have the students make three different comic strips well in advance to communicate low, medium, and high levels of learning. If students have these saved ahead of time, they can import them into Google Drawings and get started on the text portion of their exit slip immediately. An exit slip is intended for the last five minutes of class time. Pre-loaded comic strips can make it more possible. Have students save their three different versions in a Google Drive folder for safe keeping. 




Google Classroom

If you are a Google Classroom user, this project will work flawlessly for you. Just ask for a comic slip and the question starter directly in Classroom, and have students hit the "create" button to start building their drawing. It will pop up with a drawing in their Google Classroom automatically named with the assignment title and student name. The student just needs to click on it once it is created. The process is time-efficient and fun! 



If you are not a Google Classroom user, your learning management system may require that you have students download their drawing as an image and upload it. That fully depends on what you are using.