Excellence in teaching is impossible without a number of assessment tools in place. All assessment should enhance students’ learning and help make instructional decisions. Assessment is an ongoing process that guides planning and lessons. Pre-assessment tools, such as an anticipatory set, to determine how much students know before beginning the lesson. Assessment tools are also used throughout the lesson; group hand signals are helpful to achieve a quick and efficient understanding of the students’ comprehension. By involving students in self-assessment through the use of conferences and work portfolios; students feel a sense of ownership and responsibility about their work and thus can set goals and are more motivated to work toward accomplishing them.