I love exit slips because of the quick assessment I can get as to whether students understood the concept of the lesson. The results from the exit slip give me time to either re-teach the concept with a new approach or know that I can move on building upon my lesson.
I have been using oral "exit tickets" in math for awhile (call out a quick math fact to line up.) Recently I started using real tickets in the form of sticky notes with a problem based on the days instruction. I then have kids stick it to the inside of the door on their way out. After gathering these, I can get a good idea of where I start the next day. It will take some practice to remember to squeeze it into the last minutes of the day.
I use very similar “control the game” reading techniques that are mentioned in the book. I randomly call on kids. I vary the readings, often stopping kids in the middle of a paragraph. Bridging to maintain continuity is a must with struggling readers or when we are running out of time. I do need to incorporate the reminder, “Hold your place.” I did model it at the beginning of the year, but have gotten away from reminding kids.
I keep my exit tickets verbal and usually targeted to kiddos who I know were struggling or didn't have the right answer the first time, but may have it now since the answer was given.
Being in control of the reading “game” is key to my class structure. Students need to hear a good model, but they also need to practice reading aloud, hearing their own voices. My students love to be the one reading, even though they are slow or stumbling along. It takes patience and discernment on my part to select the right moment to break in and redirect them. I need to try different amounts of reading: a sentence here, a paragraph there, and make it “normal” for me to break in at any time. My struggle is that with only a few kids in the class, sometimes half of them may not be with me, ready to read. There is quite a bit of “transaction cost” getting them on the spot. Sounds like I should set an expectation that you don’t get to read unless you are ready, following along.