Reflection: Shared Expectations Conduct Fishbowl Discussion - Section 1: Mock Fishbowl -- Sports theme


Too often, "Shared Expectations" amounts to having the students do what the teacher says.  It's hard to have "buy in," when the students weren't involved in creating the exigence for their discourse to begin with.  Not so with the fishbowl, at least as it is practiced here.  You can see that the students were clearly engaged in a fun topic, and that they clearly needed to be reminded of the key roles.  Once in those roles firmly, they are able to help steer each other toward focused discourse that is also authentic and appropriate for learning.  The students performed quite well, both on this segment and on the following text-based segments in which they explored the topics raised.

What is more, the students were engaging in negotiating their own interaction (SL 9-10.6) but they were also, in subsequent sections of this lesson, able to develop strong points of textual inquiry, selecting bits and pieces of the text to serve as key evidence in their student-led discussions.

  Reflecting on the Sports Mock-Up Intro of the Fishbowl
  Shared Expectations: Reflecting on the Sports Mock-Up Intro of the Fishbowl
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Conduct Fishbowl Discussion

Unit 2: Metacognition and The Absolutely-True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Lesson 10 of 19

Objective: SWBAT discuss the themes and character development in a text by engaging in a fishbowl discussion.

Big Idea: Student-led discussions in new speech genres offer the chance for students to learn big!

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