As teachers, it is important that we assess our students learning periodically throughout the school year. These assessments allow us to monitor our students' progress in their learning, which tells us if they are absorbing the information we are teaching. It can also show us what subjects they are grasping and what subjects they need extra instruction in. There are two main types of assessments: formal and informal. Personally, I think both are very important. Informal assessments can be used more often and in ways that are less stressful to the students. For example, the students can be asked to fill out a worksheet, play a study game, asked questions, etc. These activities allow us as teachers to see how well they are grasping a topic, and what we need to go back an discuss so they are prepared for formal assessments. Formal assessments, such as tests and quizzes, are also crucial. These assessments are most often graded, and they make up a big chunk of the students' grade in that specific class. Informal assessments can be given without warning, as they are more for checking up on the students progress than anything else. Formal assessments should be given less often, and students should always be aware of when they are so they have a chance to study. The formal assessments are normally not used to monitor a student's progress, but rather as a last time check-up to make sure they absorbed all the information and are ready to move on to the next topic/subject.