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Informal Feedback / Formative Assessment
One of the best things you can do to help your students learn is provide them with
feedback, early and often, through formative (as opposed to summative) assessments.
Formative assessment is sometimes referred to assessment FOR learning while summative
assessment tends to be assessment OF learning. Essentially, formative assessment solicit
information from students about what and whether they are learning which you (and
the students) can then use to adjust your practice. This does not mean you have to
spend hours grading; formative assessments are often not graded, or graded only on
a participation/effort basis (i.e., check, plus, minus).
See the following links and resources for additional guidance: