3-2-1 Strategy: Alternative to Exit Tickets
The assessment is called “3-2-1.” This is an activity from Making Thinking Visible. It is intended to see how students thinking expands or changes on a topic/key idea/skill after you have provided novel information. It would be an interesting replacement for an exit ticket. It might also be a way to explore “thinking” or “process” skills (Ex: collaboration, critical thinking, inference, hypothesis etc.) . The instructions are as follows:
Before the lesson
1. Write a word on the board for which you will provide new information (Ex.: historical event, literary time period, presentation skill, thinking strategy etc.)
2. Have students write the following:
- 3 words they associate with the topic/key idea/skill
- 2 questions they have about the topic/key idea/skill
- 1 metaphor about the topic/key idea/skill
3. At this point, I thought it was helpful to discuss/share student ideas before teaching the lesson, watching the video, reading the passage etc.
After the lesson
1. Have students review the 3-2-1 from before the lesson/new information
2. Repeat step 2 from Part I, asking students to consider initial responses and how thinking has changed
3. Discuss/reflect on the changes with students
4. Collect the 3-2-1 from students for formative assessment
Here is a 3 2 1 Strategy handout to give to students.