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    Table Top Wheels

    I teach basic wheel throwing to adults at a senior community program. We only have 15 wheels because of lack of space in the studio. We do have lots of sturdy wooden worktables because this space is also used as a multi-purpose studio. I was thinking of having the management purchase some table top wheels . These wheels would be set up on the worktables and offered as an option for those adults that can't sit for long periods of time, have a bad back and /or maybe obese to where sitting at the wheel presents some physical challenges. I figure most beginners start off using a pound or two for centering and throwing small cylinders to start, then progress to making tumblers. tea bowls, cups and rice bowls. Or use the table top wheels for trimming. Having this option could increase the enrollment and relieve some of the challenges and stress a beginner might encounter sitting at the wheel. Comments and/or recommendations are welcome,
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    Looking For Suggestions

    On the first day of instruction, I hand out a course syllabus. In the syllabus I have a statement that addresses students with disabilities. I verbally review my syllabus and point out this statement out, stating that if a student with disability may contact the college's disabled student services office which offers help and provides accommodations. I include the contact phone number. At the college where I instruct, a student with a disability can choose not to disclose their disability to their instructor. This is to protect a student's right to privacy. I found out after the fact after spending about a third of the semester, that this student was a member of the college service. So if I am not a professional therapist, I can not diagnose and guess what a student has deficiencies in, if the student chooses not to share disability with me.
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    Looking For Suggestions

    Thank you for your response. This person was a older adult student enrolled in a public community college intro to ceramics course where a student would learn both basic hand building and wheel throwing. A student enrolled at the college can choose to not disclose a disability as part of their personal right to privacy. The student did okay with hand building skills but when it came to learning how to throw, the student would constantly ask for help right after I would present a throwing demo. I remember repeating various steps 3 to 4 times, showing body, hands and finger positions, feeling guilty about spending more time with this student while taking time away to help my other 20 students. I knew something was different with this student, but without knowing the student's background, I had to figure out how to approach the challenge. The student eventually disclosed the disability, but it was disclosed after several weeks into the semester. I tried to spend time before and after class time to help. Again, I am not a professional therapist, I tried my best to be patient, but apparently the student did not think I was patient enough. This student wrote a complaint against me to the art chairperson and dean. This was my first experience with a student like this.
  4. I have 20+ years of community college teaching experience. zero experience as a professional therapist. Does anyone have suggestions/recommendations to teach beginning wheel throwing to a person who lacks cognitive skills.
  5. I've been teaching beginning throwing for many years and recently had the challenge of trying to teach some obese students. There is the physical challenge of consistently sit close enough to the wheel and position their arms and hands to center clay and throw. Because of this challenge, they get frustrated and I get frustrated and they drop the class. Does anyone have any suggestions in teaching an obese person? Maybe teach them on a stand up potter's wheel?

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