This week and last week, we had pottery wheel days in 8th grade. We had to work in shifts, since we only have 8 wheels total, but each student gets to have a whole class period to work on the wheel.
Working on the pottery wheel is hard! I tell students that it's okay to NOT end up with a finished pot! If they end up making a little something, that's fine, but it's not a requirement. I am not a trained ceramicist, so I had a bit of a struggle to learn how to properly use the wheel. In fact, it took me the whole school year to get the hang of it! I made sure to share this fact with students, so they would not feel bad if they struggled, too.
Once you DO get the hang of it, it's really fun. Mr. Gail and Ms. Read even joined us last Friday to try to throw some clay! It was pretty cool to see them get their hands dirty with us!