We complete – and send home – a lot of writing work – name practice, tracing, cutting, imitating lines and shapes etc. Since we work with our students using a prompting hierarchy, their work sometimes looks like they did a solid job independently, while really they were given a good amount of assistance. Not only can this be tricky for parents to interpret, it can also be difficult me as the head teacher (and data recorder) to know exactly how much the students were able to accomplish on their own with each activity.
To help with this, I started to write some fill-in notes on the papers, as seen below. I would add boxes for the teachers to mark to show which hand the student used, as well as whether they did the work independently, or needed help (HOH = “hand over hand”).
As you might imagine, all of that writing got a little old. So, I moved to printing labels:
While it still took a lot of labels to have the amount I needed, I would often just put them on the master of any page that would later be copied, thus eliminating the need to use so many:
Finally, I came upon what I consider my best idea yet – a stamp! While it does not look as pretty as my labels, I was able to order this on Amazon for about $10. I just looked up “customizable stamp”, and typed in what I wanted. I used brackets instead of the boxes, since the font they offered had no boxes.
Now we just stamp on any and every piece of fine motor work that we use, and the teachers mark the specifics right after the students do their work. This helps everyone stay on the same page as to exactly how the Little People are completing their fine motor work.