I'm a new teacher, just out of college. I believe I had good preparation for teaching, but my principal is finding fault with a lot of the things I do in class. For one thing, he says that I need to use exit tickets after a lesson. I feel like this exercise is just a cutesy way to get the students to go through the motions of a script we've all been given. None of my colleagues say they ever read the exit tickets they give in class, and some of them say they only assign exit tickets when they are being observed.
All of this feels disingenuous. Am I wrong?
- The Rookie
Dear Rookie -
You are correct: the use of exit tickets is a cutesy way to get the students involved. Your colleagues are also correct: almost no one looks at those tickets, even the administrators who use them in their PD meetings.
You will learn that it is best to do what your principal wants you to do, at least when he is present. Take the time to read those exit tickets when you do give them; they can give you information you wouldn't otherwise be privy to. But if you over-use this strategy, it will become as stale as every other 'sliced-bread' approach that's been touted as the new best practice over the last 20 years.
If you teach with heart, your students will know. If you toe the line with your principal and stroke his ego, your career will also survive.
Do the best you can for your students and try to stay sane.