# What is fishbowl protocol?

## What is fishbowl protocol?

Fishbowl is a strategy for organizing medium- to large-group discussions. Students are separated into an inner and outer circle. In the inner circle, or fishbowl, students have a discussion; students in the outer circle listen to the discussion and take notes.

### How do you do a fishbowl discussion on Zoom?

Begin the Fishbowl discussion by calling attention to the performance of one group. In Zoom, hover your cursor over the students you would like to spotlight as Fish in the Fishbowl. Select the three dots in their window and select “Spotlight for all.” Do this for each student that will be fish in the Fishbowl.

**How are people involved in a fishbowl discussion?**

Fishbowl Discussion. In a fishbowl discussion, people seated inside the circle actively participate by asking questions and sharing their opinions, while those standing outside listen carefully to the ideas presented.

**How many chairs are needed for a fishbowl discussion?**

A Fishbowl discussion requires a circle of chairs (“the fishbowl”) and enough room around the circle for the remaining students to observe what is happening in the “fishbowl.” Sometimes teachers place enough chairs for half of the students in the class to sit in the fishbowl, while other times teachers limit the chairs further.

## Which is an example of the fishbowl strategy?

The Fishbowl strategy is excellent for discussing dilemmas, for example. Set Up the Room A Fishbowl discussion requires a circle of chairs (“the fishbowl”) and enough room around the circle for the remaining students to observe what is happening in the “fishbowl.”

### What happens at the end of the fishbowl?

At the end of the fishbowl, engage in a whole-class discussion where students can ask each other the questions that they developed while listening to their peers engaging in the Fishbowl discussion. Discussions with peers allows students to examine their own perspectives and evaluate evidence used to make claims.