CAUTION, TEACHERS

… with TRAC Structures for Learning, your students are entering a
zone of intense learning
!

TRAC Structures for Learning content is text-oriented, based on proven text reconstruction methods for motivating students to read carefully and thoughtfully and to construct meaning as they read, leading to enhanced understanding and retention. 
TRAC Structures for Learning software is not based on multi-media content nor on an “edutainment” focus – concepts which are the subject of increasing concern among educators and education researchers (see Dr. Jane Healy’s recent books Failure to Connect and Endangered Minds available from any Borders or Barnes & Noble bookstore, or from Amazon.com). 
The text reconstruction methods used in TRAC Structures for Learning help students achieve content mastery and improve reading and reasoning skills; teacher-selectable options also help students improve writing skills. 
 Text Reconstruction is a proven approach to helping students successfully develop the thinking and reasoning skills that lead to improved comprehension and content mastery, resulting in improved standardized test scores and higher academic achievement.
With ordinary reading material, students can read page after page without making any active response; it becomes easy for their concentration to lapse.  However, with the text reconstruction methods in TRAC Structures for Learning, students are required to make a response for each sentence.  They must keep their attention focused on the material, and read carefully and thoughtfully, in order to proceed through each lesson.
In addition to requiring continuous student responses, TRAC Structures for Learning monitors students’ input and they move through the content, and provides immediate feedback to students on their performance.
TRAC Structures for Learning provides the teacher with a comprehensive yet easy-to-use, point-and-click reporting system for reviewing student progress and performance. 
Text reconstruction concepts are not new.  In her Ph.D. dissertation, Dr. Linden traces the origins of text reconstruction methods back several centuries, and notes that modern text reconstruction methods are a combination of the learning processes used by such noted English-language authors as William Shakespeare, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Winston Churchill, Jack London, and Malcolm X. 
For more background on text reconstruction, on our authors Dr. Myra Linden and Dr. Arthur Whimbey, and on the TRAC Institute, visit the TRAC Institute web site at www.tracinstitute.com

See also the December 2001 article by Dr. Whimbey, Dr. Linden, and associates in the 3rd edition of the book Developing Minds, published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.