## Formative Assessment: Stopping the fires breaking out

Here’s the question: How do you know that student or trainee is taking in what they are being taught?

Notice the phrasing: “are taking in” not “have taken in”.

The difference was made clear to me when marking a batch of assignments a while back. Most of the class did fine but one student was struggling with basic concepts.

I was mortified. As their tutor I prided myself in carefully checking for understanding during and after each topic, yet I had clearly failed this individual.

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