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

Presenter Bio

Dr. Joyce Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University, and she teaches graduate-level courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness, and creativity. She has focused the majority of her career on the areas of intelligence and gifted and talented education. Dr. Juntune has served as the executive director for the National Association for Gifted Children and the Institute for Applied Creativity at Texas A&M University. 

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

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

    Excellent information

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  3. Denise – Private Pay (verified owner)

    I really enjoy this information.

  4. Jenny – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    It was ok. Some of the information was good.

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

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

  6. 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.

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  8. Rosa – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

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

  9. Daisy – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    Awesome idea to make non verbal students verbal.

  10. Annette – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    So practical!

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