The act of teaching can be a difficult task, as educators, we are constantly confronted with vastly differing learning styles coupled with language barriers and pressure to fit more content into less time.
It is often far too easy to leave a student or multiple students behind unknowingly until they complete some type of formal assessment. Often at this stage, it is difficult to correct the deficiency in knowledge, comprehension, or understanding.
One method to help preempt poor assessment performance is to create informal feedback mechanisms that can gauge student understanding, engagement, and participation. This may provide the instructor with key information into how the course can be modified or tailored to meet the unique needs of the class.
I am currently going to try implementing such a document in one of my classes so that I might better serve my students and improve their performance on exams.