Q: What is a fishbowl?
A: A fishbowl is a great way to get a look into how good facilitation of a POGIL activity can make for a more successful outcome. It is set up like a typical POGIL classroom with a few exceptions. Each table has four students (fish) that will be carrying out a POGIL activity. Those students will be assigned roles as usual. There is a table observer assigned to each table that is responsible to watch the interactions of the students. They are not to talk to the students, but watch how they interact and carry out their roles. There are also several global observers who wander about the room and not only watch the interactions of the students, but also how the facilitator interacts with all of the tables. All of the observers should be made aware ahead of time as to what the facilitator's goals and objectives for the lessons are. The facilitator should include as many "facilitator tricks" as possible, but may also want to do a few things that are not exemplary so that the observers can see what good and bad facilitation looks like. After the lesson, there is a person who leads a discussion and does an SII (Strengths, Improvements, Insights) from the observer's perspective as well as the student's perspective. —Courtesy of Beff Mancini, Steering Committee