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Cooperative Learning Strategy Spotlight

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Purpose: This peer-learning strategy involves some participants in an outer circle and one or more in the ether. In all fishbowl activities both those in the inner and those in the outer circle have distinct roles. The outer circle observes and can take notes and/or assess the interaction of the center group. This strategy can be used to demonstrate or evaluate proper group behavior, to assess comprehension, to encourage constructive feedback of peers, or to model literature circles or Socratic Seminars. This strategy can be used as a pre-assessment, a post-assessment before a summative, or anytime during the learning continuum to give the teacher feedback on learning to guide his/her instruction.


*Explain the purpose of the activity and the roles each group will take.

*Assign the inner and outer participants beforehand if you wish them to be more prepared.

*The group in the fishbowl interacts using a discussion protocol.

*Those outside the fishbowl are silent but may take notes and jot down feedback. They may have a list of "look-fors" (like group members using each others' names, taking turns, balance of participation).

*One idea is to have an onlooker focus on one (or more) in the center and, for instance, tally how many times that person participates or asks a question.

Debrief: Have those in the fishbowl describe what it felt like to be inside. Outer circle participants should respectfully share observations and insights as well as give feedback. Discuss how this activity could improve all group discussions and interactions.


*Students on the outside can take one turn each in "freezing" the fish bowl at any time to ask a question or share some insight.

*The teacher can at any point during the activity reassign a student on the outside to replace one on the inside.

Easy-to-Use Conversational Strategy: Fish Bowl
Middle School Fish Bowl Discussion
There is another fishbowl example video here in this playlist!
Classroom Management Tricks of the Trade: Handshake Q&A