might help. never heard of it being done either.
i have thought of another last resort method, but i have not used it yet. you can throw it on the pile of methods to try if you want.
have the "student" sit on a tube with the board on so that he/she is already mostly up so to speak
But, MY most favorite teaching method is now this. http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65919/615245.html?1218940973
Teach by example has not failed me yet, but i also have only recently started using the method