Kirsten Tekavec

BookMark: "How Humans Learn" By Joshua R. Eyler

Sep 3, 2020

Through my own experience as a college instructor, I’ve learned that even on the best days, teaching can be quite challenging. One way to make teaching easier though, is to learn more about how students learn. In “How Humans Learn,” Joshua Eyler tries to do exactly that by providing insight into the science of learning. He takes a deep dive into the latest research offered by a range of fields, including anthropology, developmental psychology, evolutionary biology, and cognitive neuroscience.

BookMark: "iGen" by Dr. Jean M. Twenge

Mar 25, 2020
Kirsten Tekavec reviews "iGen" by Dr. Jean M. Twenge.

The title of the book I am recommending is a mouthful: “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood*: *and What That Means for the Rest of Us.” This book by Dr. Jean M. Twenge serves as a deep, yet accessible analysis of the attitudes, values, and behaviors of America’s newest generation of young adults: iGen. I am a doctoral student studying higher education at Penn State.

BookMark: “Max's Box" By Brian Wray

Oct 17, 2019
Kirsten Tekavec reviews "Max's Box."

Talking about mental health issues is daunting. Often just starting the conversation is the hardest part. With his latest book, “Max’s Box,” Brian Wray offers children and grown-ups a way to begin these important discussions. Through simple story-telling and cartoonish illustrations, Wray gives his readers a glimpse into what can happen when emotions are suppressed. He also demonstrates how with the help of people who care, we can learn to express, and then let go of the things that hold us back.