Fishbowl (Teaching and Learning)
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How to Implement Fishbowl Discussion?
- A small group of students (6 to as many as half the class) arrange themselves in a circle in the middle of a room, forming the fishbowl group.
- The rest of the class sit on the ‘outside’.
- The teacher initiates the discussion with an open-ended question.
- The fishbowl group discusses; the outside group observe, take notes, later pose questions and analyze interactions.
- At the end of the fishbowl discussion, the whole class will discuss what they observe and experience during the discussion.
- Students on the outside circle can replace students in the fishbowl.
Why Use Fishbowl Discussion?
- Fishbowl discussion allows for a richer discussion.
- Fishbowl discussion allow students to practice group discussion skills.
- Fishbowl discussion promote observation, active listening, and note taking skills.
- Fishbowl discussion creates a safe forum for controversial discussions.
Practical tips on how to implement fishbowl discussion in the classroom:
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