Fishbowl (Teaching and Learning)

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How to Implement Fishbowl Discussion?[edit | edit source]

  1. 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.
  2. The rest of the class sit on the ‘outside’.
  3. The teacher initiates the discussion with an open-ended question.
  4. The fishbowl group discusses; the outside group observe, take notes, later pose questions and analyze interactions.
  5. At the end of the fishbowl discussion, the whole class will discuss what they observe and experience during the discussion.

Variations[edit | edit source]

  1. Students on the outside circle can replace students in the fishbowl.

Why Use Fishbowl Discussion?[edit | edit source]

  1. Fishbowl discussion allows for a richer discussion.
  2. Fishbowl discussion allow students to practice group discussion skills.
  3. Fishbowl discussion promote observation, active listening, and note taking skills.
  4. Fishbowl discussion creates a safe forum for controversial discussions.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Practical tips on how to implement fishbowl discussion in the classroom:

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