Assessment is extremely important in teaching and learning in any classroom. Without this it would be difficult for teachers to plan next steps and make changes to their daily lessons. Allowing children the chance to self-assess is important as it allows the children to reflect on their own learning, think about what they already know and what they still need to learn. Self-assessment does not only benefit children but also teachers as well. Black and Williams (1998) state that in order for teachers to support children adequately, the children have to take responsibility for part of their own learning, including highlighting to their teacher how they are coping with the work and what they are finding difficult. Exit passes are a short, formative assessment used at the end of a lesson. The material addressed is covered within the day’s lesson, and endeavours to encourage the children’s engagement throughout the class (Lemov, 2010). The children simply have to reflect on the lesson which has just taken place and to answer truthfully. The information gathered through the exit passes allows the teacher to decide if consolidation is needed or if the children are ready to move on with their learning.
The aim of this practitioner enquiry is to explore and examine how the children react to using exit passes in the classroom and if they are a successful tool in self-assessment for children.