CM March 1, 
1996. Vol. II, Number 20

image Getting It All Together:
Curriculum Integration in the Transition Years.

The Metropolitan Toronto School Board. Markham, ON: Pembroke Publishers, 1995. 128pp, paper, $18.95.
ISBN: 1-551-138-059-5.

Subject Headings:
Interdisciplinary approach in education.
Education, Secondary-Curricula.

Professional: 7 - 10.
Review by Gail Lennon.


This practical look at integration was very much in demand with the onset of de-streaming two years ago. While its investigation of integration is thorough and easy for the uninitiated teacher to read, it is somewhat dated by the fact that integration projects have been going on in secondary schools throughout the province during that time. It remains, however, an excellent introduction to integration for the intermediate grades.

Writers Bob Aitken, Debbie Fishman, Manon Gardner, Sue Ladoucer, and Janet Phillips prepared this book for the Toronto Board of Education during the de-streaming years (1993-1995). They are teachers/consultants with the Metro Board in the Transitions Years area.

Getting It All Together provides teachers who have reservations about how to integrate curriculum with excellent starting ideas. This practical guide to curriculum integration in grade seven to ten classrooms provides sample unit outlines for each of three models of integration. The final chapter also provides useful suggestions and example outlines for teacher observation, tracking, and evaluation; conferencing; self, peer, and group evaluation; and finally, reporting to parents.

I would highly recommend this book to teachers who are starting to integrate curriculum. Those already experienced in integration will find this book too simplistic for their purposes.


Gail Lennon is a secondary resource teacher with the Bruce County Board of Education. In her thirty years of teaching in both rural and urban settings, she has taught every grade from JK to Adult Education in elementary, secondary, and university academic locations. She has specialist qualifications in Library, ESL, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, and Special Education. Ms. Lennon is a keynote speaker, author, and workshop leader who has reviewed for CM for the past seven years.

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