Improving Verbal Skills for Children from Low S.E.S. Backgrounds


Presenter: Birdie Chesanek
Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Negative stereotypes are often associated with those raised in generational poverty. Of all these stereotypes, one of the most damaging in education today is that students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to be gifted. Low verbal skills often mask true giftedness. It’s time to get past the stereotypes and begin uncovering giftedness in our low-SES students.

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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In this course, Birdie Chesanek offers hands-on ideas to help bridge the gap between verbal and nonverbal intelligence for children from low-SES backgrounds. In this make-and-take session, Ms. Chesanek reviews educational issues that may be present when teaching students from low-SES backgrounds, explores strategies to bridge the gap between verbal and nonverbal intelligence, and then provides plans for using those strategies in various content areas.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn to:

  • Build academic knowledge
  • Encourage learning equality in the classroom
  • Implement verbal learning strategies
  • Build working and long-term memory

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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306 reviews for Improving Verbal Skills for Children from Low S.E.S. Backgrounds

  1. Ruth – CONROE ISD (verified owner)

    Good course

  2. Matthew – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Information over crystallized memory is very useful tool for assessing student strengths and understanding.

  3. Isabel – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    Easy to listen, very practical and effective strategies.

  4. Melissa – Huber Heights City (verified owner)

    Practical strategies to implement into any classroom. Helpful and applicable.

  5. Kelly – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)


  6. BRIANNA – Huber Heights City (verified owner)

    she gave good examples of how to use the methods in the classroom

  7. Abby – Huber Heights City (verified owner)

    It had good concepts, it was just scattered in presentation.

  8. Gabriela – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    It was focused more on elementary level, rather than middle school level. I wish it had more information and/or details about secondary levels.

  9. chrissy – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    seems like a difficult teaching method to master but worthwhile if you can train the kids

  10. Maria de los Angeles – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Very lenghty

  11. MARIA G – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    Good information

  12. JANIE – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    Good ideas

  13. Kathleen – LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE CISD (verified owner)

    It was best suited for preschool and kindergarten teachers, and those in ESL programs with students who have limited vocabulary.

  14. Dustin – New Lexington City Schools (verified owner)

    Not very useful, especially for higher level students. An hour of how to use sketching.

  15. SanJuana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent memory activities

  16. Maria – GREGORY-PORTLAND ISD (verified owner)

    3 stars

  17. Michelle – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    good ideas overall, but handout was a little confusing – couldn’t tell if she was jumping ahead, going back and forth, etc. – wasn’t labeled with what she was talking about

  18. Liz – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Interesting concept.

  19. Adriana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Interesting ideas of improving verbal skills in children not only from low S.E.S. backgrounds.

  20. Patrick – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    It was helpful!

  21. SHERRY – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    okay course

  22. AURORA T – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    It was informative.

  23. Michelle – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    Could have had a better presenter for this topic.

  24. Desiree – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    this course has great information

  25. Carrie – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    It was a helpful skill.

  26. Rosa – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    The memory questions were difficultWe do not utilize these terms with our students.

  27. San Juana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    5 stars

  28. Adria – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)

    I am interesting in learning about how to reach low S.E.S. students. This was a great start.

  29. KYNA M – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    A good way to increase connections to information

  30. Stephanie – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)


  31. Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Information was well presented and is something that can be used in all classroom environments

  32. Amanda – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    I thought this was a great way to learn how to help improve the students vocabulary.

  33. Lorena – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    Great learning experience on how to activate the “middle brain” so that students can be successful learners.

  34. Antonia – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Interesting information


    Great strategies for primary students.

  36. Maria – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    This is an excellent course because it helps you understand how short and long memory works.

  37. Maria – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting!

  38. Amanda – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    excellent information!

  39. Leticia – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent used of strategies to help with long term memory.

  40. Beatriz – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    Great course

  41. Allyson – Pilot (verified owner)

    I never heard of mindsketching before and thought it was interesting to learn about.

  42. Marcos – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    Great presentation! I love the idea of using mind-sketching with my students. Very visual presentation. Time flew listening to the presenter.

  43. Luz – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    The types of intelligence I taught was not well explained.

  44. Rebecca – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very Good

  45. Annette – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    Practical strategies for daily building of verbal skills

  46. Lee – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I really liked this course. Presenter modeled actual activities and explained each in depth. Great ideas will definitely implement. Thank you.

  47. Claudia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    no comment

  48. Jessica – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  49. Koprina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Targeted to younger students. Classroom processes for brain development.

  50. YVETTE – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    It does a really good job at teaching Mindsketching.

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