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Fishbowl debate



In a fishbowl discussion, students sitting in the “fishbowl” actively participate in a discussion by asking questions and sharing their opinions. This strategy is particularly useful when you want to ensure that all students participate in a discussion, when you want to help students think about what a good discussion looks like.

  • In the presence setting, the students who are not sitting in the “fishbowl” listen attentively to the ideas presented. Students take turns in these roles so that they practice both contributing and listening in a group discussion.
  • It is possible to adapt this activity to online setting as well by using the following online functionalities/tools:
    • breakout rooms
    • Chat – enables spontaneous grouping in a space
    • Retrotool – enables a notes-preparation area – students can put their thoughts in a private space before sharing them with others.