What is a good teaching strategy and assessment for students who have difficulties stamping their names in a given box and line? 

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This inability in part falls under basic gross motor skills development. Assessment for basic gross motor skills is deemed crucial for education. Five areas are covered in gross motor skill assessment:

  • balance
  • bilateral coordination
  • upper extremity coordination
  • visual motor control
  • and upper extremity speed and dexterity

Fine motor skills must be assesed as well, but the starting point is gross motor skills. One strategy is to employ various objects, like a school ball, and physical skills, like balancing on one foot, to assess gross motor skill development. The Department of Education of the State of Virginia has strategies available online.


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