Each year, groups across the nation participate in Remake Learning Days. This year’s event is being held from April 22 to May 23 to celebrate all the learning opportunities within our communities. This celebration highlights innovation and opportunities for youth to develop their creativity. Schools, museums, libraries, after-school organizations, universities, and tech start-ups open their doors to host events that allow families and educators can learn together. Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) will be hosting two events in a virtual/hybrid format this year.
The first project was developed for elementary and middle school students and is being led by Instructor of Natural Sciences, Ron Pollock. Participants will plan, design, and create a bird feeder for their own back yard using recycled materials. While considering their plans for the bird feeder’s construction, location, and design, the type of bird they want to attract should be at the forefront. After construction, participants can share their designs, as well as the new bird friends that visit their bird feeders by emailing their photos to us! For all interested participants, bird seed will be available to pick up at our Warren offices as a take-and-make resource. If squirrels or bears are a problem, some participants may want to continue adjusting their bird feeders to make them “squirrel-proof” or “bear-proof.” As we receive participant photos, you will be able to see the ideas and results from other participants!
The second activity for Remake Learning Days is geared toward educators as an opportunity for professional development. This opportunity, entitled “Writing Across the Curriculum,” is being led by Instructor of English, Ben Blood. Ben shares, “The expectations for college writing are different than those for high school. Students often struggle with this transition, and instructors often struggle with how to help students meet the expectations for writing in their course or discipline.” As a result, NPRC has made a commitment to providing and maintaining a welcoming and understanding environment that embraces the diversity of our students and meets their needs, regardless of age, experience, ability, and background. Writing Across the Curriculum is intended to provide specific methods and resources to help instructors facilitate the transfer of writing skills from composition courses to other disciplines and to articulate the expectations more clearly for writing in a specific course or assignment.
We hope you can join us as NPRC remakes learning!