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Students create a detailed Show-Glow-Grow exit ticket by describing what they’ve learned, creating a visual, and summarizing with a hashtag.


  • Show-Glow-Grow handout
  • Show-Glow-Grow template (English/Spanish)
  • Notebook paper (if handout is projected)


  1. Assign a targeted concept.
  2. Project or distribute the Show-Glow-Grow handout.
  3. Students create a Show-Glow-Grow exit ticket, using these prompts:
    • Show you know “what’s happening” by writing what you learned in 2-3 sentences.
    • Show you can create a graphic, diagram, or sketch to capture the idea visually.
    • Show you can connect the concept to the bigger idea by creating a hashtag.
  4. Students stand and quickly trade papers with 5 other students without reading anyone else’s papers.
  5. Students read the final paper they receive and write 1 Glow (compliment) and 1 Grow (new idea) on their peer’s exit ticket.
  6. Collect all Show-Glow-Grow exit tickets, evaluate students’ understanding, and clarify/verify as appropriate.

Classroom Management

  • Conduct a think-aloud to model the Show-Glow-Grow exit ticket.
  • Role-play the glow and grow movement part of the activity.


  • Promote access to content by allowing students to use notes, journals, and visuals to aid memory.
  • Promote response support by allowing students to dictate answers to a scribe, provide more detailed stems to frame responses, and/or allow speech-to-text technology assistance.

Think It Up!

  • Have students think more deeply about the concept by responding to a Think It Up prompt as an exit ticket or journal entry:
    • Draw a conclusion about how this concept might be tested.
    • Make a connection to the concept represented in the Show-Glow-Grow exit ticket to another concept. How are they related?
  • Encourage students to use lead4ward’s Thinking Stems (English/Spanish) to frame their responses, if needed.