Is authentic integration an oxymoron? Not necessarily. If the integrated subject is adding to students’ achievement in the physical education standards, by all means it is authentic. If students are doing a writing activity that could be done as effectively while moving, just so I can tell my administrator students write in P.E., it is unauthentic!
Most of us have some closure to our lesson, some reflection of what was learned. Up until last year, I was doing the reflecting. Left over from Madeline Hunter, I would commonly close a lesson by reviewing what we learned. However, like many elementary schools, our students have a difficult time summarizing, restating the main idea and sequencing. You see where I am going!?
Now at the end of each lesson my students pair share “state the main idea (objective) of the lesson, or summarize our lesson, or state the sequence of punting a ball”. I direct them “Turn to a neighbor and tell them the main idea of today’s lesson.” I monitor pairs, then one or two of the pairs will share with the class. Voila! Authentic Integration within 2-3 minutes while students are lining up. Not only does this simple activity allow students to practice their literacy skills it allows me to quickly assess, did students get what I was trying to teach!