Protocol: Student Fishbowl Conversations

In a fishbowl conversation, a group of participants form a circle facing inward for a small group discussion. Listeners form another circle around the outside, listening in on the conversation. Fishbowls can function in a variety of ways. Because the priority here is to privilege student voice, students form a tight inner circle and adults sit around the outside. Adults remain listeners for the first part of the fishbowl, and are given a chance to ask probing questions in the final ten minutes. We have facilitated this activity with 20 student participants and 20 educators; a smaller group could also work well!


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