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I am observing a ceramics class at a local high school. The students are
both beginning and advanced, so they range from 10-12 grade. One of the
students who I am working with has cancer. Unfortunately, this is not his
only problem. He has difficulty in understanding processes and steps when
creating pieces. His last project, which he finally completed without it
falling apart was a box with a lid. I have observed him four times over
the last three weeks, and this is the first project I have seen him
complete. The class meets everyday for approximately 45-minutes.
He is so happy and proud when something works out, and the teacher said he
has completed other projects involving the pinch pot and slab contruction.
She also said that she often has to tell him to correct something on his
piece, for instance the walls were too thick on his pinch pot, and she had
to remind him again to scoop out the extra clay to make the walls thinner.
He works well if I am sitting next to him asking what comes next, or what
do you need to do now. His fine motor skills are above average, he has no
difficulty in rolling coils, cutting slabs, etc.
The teacher grades him on his effort and ability to stay on task. She
does not place much emphasis on the number of pieces he creates or their
appearance. Her objectives and expectations are different for him in
comparison to the other students.
I want him to be able to construct something other than a box or a pinch
pot. I need your help. What kinds of projects do you suggest?
Do you have any suggestions for working with him? I only see him once a
week. The others are working on story pots and tea pots.
I have consulted with the SPED teachers at his school, and they were
unable to offer any advice. Apparently, one of them had mentioned that
the did not know the extent of his disabilities. As far as I can tell, he
may have a learning disabilily.
I hope I have provided you with enough information, but if I haven't I'm
sure you will let me know.
Sorry about the length,