by Morgan Counts
Student Multimedia Reporter
a passion for science
When he is teaching Elementary and Secondary Science Methods to future teachers, Eric Brunsell knows he does not have to try to instill in them a love for helping kids. They all have that. “They are in it to make a positive difference in the lives of kids,” said Brunsell, an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Services Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
What is less apparent is the students’ passion for science. His students may enjoy many aspects of the various subjects they will have to teach, but, for them, science can be as hit and miss as subjects like math.
Dr. Eric Brunsell helping second-graders explore properties of air at the Walworth Balbour American International School in Even Yehurda, Israel. (January 2013)
Just like not every future teacher in his class loves science, Brunsell stresses that not every one their future students will become a scientist. His students’ job is not to turn them into scientists, but rather focus on their primary goal as a teacher: to have a positive impact. “What you want to do is to keep the doors open for students to find their own path in life.”
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