The fish bowl activity is used to manage group discussion. The general idea is that rather than a large group having an open discussion about something, which can be difficult for everyone to speak and often only benefits a few active participants, a smaller group (ideally 3-12) can have a more in-depth conversation and critique.
- Fishbowls allow students to practice group discussion skills.
- Fishbowls also teach observation, listening, and community-building skills.
- Fishbowls provide students with the opportunity to identify small-group discussion habits in an effort to improve upon them.