When the students come into the room they are handed an entry card, which can be structured like the Boarding Cards or open ended like the iPhone cards. With the lesson objectives shown on the board the students have to write down everything they know about this topic. This can be key words, phrases or descriptive information. This information will then serve as a bench mark to measure learning against, and is useful when used in combination with SOLO.
At the end, or at a intermediate plenary session during the lesson the students are given the exit card to complete. This activity does work well and the students are clearly able to see their progression during the lesson. At the end of the lesson I collect in both the entry and exit cards (they are usually printed back-to-back on card) and hand them out again the following lesson as the students enter the room as a reminder of the level they were working at last lesson.