Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Practicing Mindsketching


Presenter: Joyce Juntune
T-TESS Domain:  Planning 1.1, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.2, Instruction 2.4
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Mindsketching is a tool that helps students connect visual and verbal memory. In Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Practicing Mindsketching, Dr. Joyce Juntune explains this simple yet effective tool for helping low-income students build verbal memory and verbal intelligence. Different than drawing, mindsketching is a memory strategy that helps students strengthen long-term memory recall and helps them build verbal skills through visual cues.

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Using visual memory helps students build verbal skills. Research shows that 10% of information imparted verbally can usually be remembered. When paired with a visual, retention goes up to 65%. Mindsketching is a visual memory strategy that helps students build memory and verbal skills by using simple sketches. For students from low-income backgrounds, whose verbal skills are already below those of their peers, this is a powerful tool to help build skills in areas where they are weak or struggling.

In Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty: Practicing Mindsketching, Dr. Joyce Juntune explains why this strategy is so effective for low-income students. Dr. Juntune provides many ways to use this strategy in connection with content already being used in the classroom, such as in reading exercises and writing exercises, and in groups.

In this 1-hour course, teachers will learn:

  • The difference between mindsketching and drawing
  • How to build verbal intelligence through mindsketching

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46 reviews for Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Practicing Mindsketching

  1. Irene – FORT STOCKTON ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative!

  2. Matthew – FORT STOCKTON ISD (verified owner)

    Fun creative way for students to retain information

  3. Elizabeth – Ashtabula Area City Schools (verified owner)

    This is the fifth course I have taken and by far the best one I have taken. Extremely applicable to the population I teach. I printed out the handouts to share with my colleagues.

  4. Mayra – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)


  5. Brenda – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Very useful info. I do use sketching but I learned more ways to make it support student’s success.

  6. Sylvia – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Good review of previous video

  7. Shannon – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed the presentation and could definitely see the benefit of this in most classes & content areas. I would have liked some more examples involving math, particularly secondary where we involve more formulas and algorithms.

  8. Ana – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Mindsketching is a great teaching technique, and a powerful tool for our students. I always thought visuals are important, but it is more than having images on worksheets. In this training I learned how to use mindsketching in listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

  9. Tresa – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Relates to any subject taught

  10. Megan – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    This is like mind mapping but without the connections.

  11. Eva – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    I like the examples how to practice with students.

  12. Cheryl – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    The course was informative and mind altering.

  13. Matthew – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Tis great

  14. Melinda – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    This course was outstanding. After more than 40 years of teaching, rarely do I learn something in a course that is completely new to me and I can see how powerful it is. This course is going to change the way I teach geometry.

  15. D – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    This was fantastic! I loved the sketching/verbal activities and plan to tell parents about the “Four things learned” assignment.

  16. maria – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Excited to use Mind Sketching Activities with my students.

  17. Juana – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    I found this training to be very useful. I have been implementing drawing my classroom to help students build their thinking and creating abilities.

  18. Romona – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Very easy to incorporate.

  19. Belinda – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    A lot of great information.
    Many usable activities.

  20. Deborah – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    very informative

  21. Maria – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    This session was very informative.

  22. Manuelita – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Interesting training. I will be implementing these skills with my students.

  23. Ninfa – MERCEDES ISD (verified owner)

    This course help me reinforce the importance of mindsketching.

  24. Ina – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful and informative!

  25. Norma – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the different ways she used mindsketching and I can turn around and use it in any subject in any grade level.

  26. Elsa – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    This presentation was wonderful. Dr. Juntune’s recommendations are very helpful.

  27. Tonja – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    This is a powerful tool to use to help build skills with struggling as well as advanced students. I walked away with practical engaging ideas that I can use in class without much preparation.

  28. Maria – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very informative. I love having tools to offer my students and enhance their learning!

  29. Alma – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting. I learned a new way to help students organize their thoughts and ideas. Very good imagery way to visualize information.

  30. Kristina – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Presenter held attention. Examples were great. Strategy can be used quickly.

  31. Maria – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    This technique looks simple and useful at the same time.

  32. Diane – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas for recall and comprehension skills

  33. Valdemar – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    I like the fact it presents researched baed information to educators, as opposed of thousand trainings that are focused on make and take.

  34. Heny – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    It was good

  35. Carrie – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent presentation and engaging topic!

  36. George – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Very enjoyable and thought-provoking

  37. Annette – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    So practical!

  38. Daisy – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    Awesome idea to make non verbal students verbal.

  39. Rosa – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    Great information for EL students who are nonverbal. It reminded me of a visualizing/verbalizing training.

  40. Timothy – TIPP CITY EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)


  41. Rebecca – GRAND PRAIRIE ISD (verified owner)

    I found the information to be relevant and useable. I appreciate the speaker’s passion for helping all kids learn, and realizing that a student’s intelligence isn’t just based on a test score.

  42. Tanya – Mobile County School District (verified owner)

    This course provided strategies and opportunities to practice. It focused on helping students develop verbal intelligence.

  43. Jenny – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    It was ok. Some of the information was good.

  44. Denise – Private Pay (verified owner)

    I really enjoy this information.

  45. BERTHA – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)


  46. CLAUDIA – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    Excellent information

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