Learning in action: How a classroom of eight-year-olds changed my perspective

On March 9 of 2020, I walked out of Greylock Elementary School, fully expecting to return the following week. I was a Science Fellow, part of a program where Williams College students visit one of the North Adams Public Schools (NAPS) every week to teach a science lesson. My partner and I had just finished our magnets lesson, where we watched a Bill Nye video with the students and experimented with magnetic materials around the classroom. As we left the room, we waved goodbye to the teacher and students, saying, “See you on next Monday!” But next Monday I was home, and the classroom was empty.