Learning Success Stories
From Parents and CPP Students
“When I brought my son to the clinic for the first time, he was terrified. I remember thinking I don’t care if his muscles get stronger here, I just want him to be able to survive this day without tears. The first couple of days were difficult, but every afternoon someone came to take his hand, distract him from his fears and sneak in fun exercises increasing his strength and agility. See, you see a shy boy with weak muscles. A boy who lacks the confidence to ride a bike. You see a boy who needs practice throwing and catching. And, if you’re lucky you stay with him long enough to see the little improvements...a soccer ball that travels a little farther; a ball that can be dribbled 5 times in a row instead of 2. Most of you don’t get to see the fruits of your labor. You start the bike riding...pushing the child 100 yards ten times over, but you don’t get to see the life-changing moment when they ride that bike all by themselves. You don’t get to see the boy that slowly transforms into a more confident little being. You don’t see them take that confidence to school and join the kids jumping rope or join in an active game of tag. You don’t get to see the mother cry tears of joy and pride knowing that her child is going to be okay.
You all haven given my child not the ability to kick, to dribble, to tie, to bike, to hit. You have given my child his self-confidence. You have given him the ability to be included: to belong. You have given him opportunities to be part of his world. You leveled the playing field.
In addition, you have given my husband and I peace and strength. You have given us hope that he can and will be the best version of himself that he can be... He will be happy. He will be all this because of YOU.
And, he is just one of many.” ~ A mother of a MDC student participant
“I always express to others that we students of Pedagogy in the Kinesiology department are more fortuitous than those in most other majors, including our peers in Health Promotion and Exercise Science. Cal Poly’s “learn by doing” approach represents the application of our vocational skills within our education. I see this expression in other degrees, as labs or group projects. However, in our field of physical education this practice goes above and beyond figurative application. We are provided something that most students only receive during their personal pursuit of internships and fellowships and that is true occupational exposure. We are given the opportunity to teach in several different environments with the “safety net” of a qualified educator to provide feedback, guidance, and review our reflections. The motor development clinic takes this liberty one step further. My semester teaching in the motor development clinic has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my degree program.” ~ KIN 4050S/AS 2018 Student ~
“This course made me grateful for the opportunity it provides. I am gifted with an opportunity to see, communicate with, serve, and engage with the local community directly on campus. The outside community was brought to me which typically does not happen as one usually goes out to serve the community. Working in the clinic, reminded me that there are students right in my local area that are in need of good teachers as they are willing and ready to learn. There are students who need help with motor skills right in our own neighborhoods and being trained as teachers, we have the opportunity to serve them. This made me think to be intentional in whatever community I end up teaching in.” ~ CPP KIN 405 Student
“Teaching at the Motor Development Clinic has been a unique and gratifying experience. I feel that I have learned so much about myself, teaching, motor skills, students with disabilities, and APE overall. Coming into this class, I had no idea how much went into teaching motor skills to students with disabilities nor anything about the formalized testing done within it. It was so interesting to see how I could break down skills into body parts and phases and be able to teach a student that skill by placing all of those pieces together. The best part was watching them grow and improve right before my eyes. This is an experience that I’ll never forget and one that I’ll hopefully be able to be part of again.” ~KIN 405 Student
“As I continued in weeks 2 and 3, I started to gain confidence and realized I was slowly making a difference. I was able to find different ways to connect with the MDC participants. I was able to figure out what each of them enjoyed and what they had most fun with in learning the skills. As weeks 4 and 5 came I felt I just continued to grow as a teacher for them. I started to know exactly the best ways to give them feedback, and also how to motivate them the most.” ~ CPP KIN 405 Student
“As a MDC teacher, it was super motivating to see the progress and growth of the participants. I think this whole experience really helped me in wanting to be more impactful. It made me want to make a bigger difference in my civil engagement. I saw that I could help students with disabilities and I was so excited to have been able to do that. Overall, I think this experience teaching at the MDC, was one that really impacted myself as a teacher and also as a person, it made me really see that the slightest bit of time and attention can make a humongous difference in people’s lives.” ~ CPP KIN 405 Student
“I now know that students with disabilities are some of the coolest people I will ever meet; despite their differences, they definitely don’t see that as a shortcoming and still do their best in everything they are offered in their lives. I feel now, as a teacher, I will have no (or very minimal) bias for students who are different physically, cognitively, or affectively. I have learned to appreciate all students for the diversity they have to offer to me as a teacher.” ~ CPP KIN 405 Student
“I couldn’t have been thankful enough to have this experience because this has, by far, been the most rewarding thing I have probably done all throughout college. I got to learn through civic engagement with the MDC children that what’s even better than being the best you could possibly be for yourself, is being the best you could possibly be and do for others. I can’t wait to teach at the clinic again!” ~ CPP KIN 405 Student
“Working in the clinic blessed me with the experience of a smaller class size and how personally I got to watch each student grow. This was of deep value and modeled more closely what I hope to do with my physical education class. It made me begin thinking about ways I will be able to more personally know each of the students in my classes as that is of high importance to me.” ~ CPP Senior Pedagogy Student
“I have volunteered and had many civic engagement events throughout my college years that have had to do with bettering the city of Pomona, but never have I gotten to personally know others like at the MDC. And honestly, this was the best experience of civic engagement I could have asked for; I don’t want to stop doing this! It’s made me realize how rewarding civic engagement could be and how many different ways you could do civic engagement. It’s made me realize the joy and fulfillment that comes as a reward for giving your time and all your effort for others.” ~ CPP KIN 405 Student