Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Fishbowl: Analyzing Katniss and Relationships - Section 3: Fishbowl Discussion to Analyze Katniss' Ability to Form Relationships


This certainly wasn't the best fishbowl discussion students had.  Not even close.  If this were a baseball game, the entire game was made up of easy pitches, no base stealing, and the players seemed like they'd stayed up all night.

We do only have five days of school left. Today is the second to last day of regular schedule and classes due to an awards assembly, school-wide BBQ, yearbook signing activity day, eighth grade promotion, and the last day of school.  All of the students have had common assessments starting on Monday.  Administration tried really hard to split it up so students would have no more than two tests on a given day, but that didn't work out.  I'm giving my final common assessment the same day they have math.  The students are stressed and their brains aren't really all there. 

I do think that a discussion was a good choice for a lesson for today, but I certainly could have made changes to make it more productive for students.  If this were next year I would split the students up in to more, smaller groups.  Each group would have a leader and a recorder.  The leader, of course, would be responsible for keeping the group on track. The recorder would be responsible for keeping track of how many times each student spoke to hold students accountable for actually participating since I can't be in all places at once. Our science classes are still working on that cloning machine, but it isn't ready yet.


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Fishbowl: Analyzing Katniss and Relationships

Unit 12: Novel Study: The Hunger Games
Lesson 18 of 21

Objective: Students will be able to analyze how Katniss and Peeta's character traits impact their relationship and the plot by participating in a fishbowl discussion.

Big Idea: In which we discuss why it is so hard for Katniss to form relationships.

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