Facilitation fishbowls are 45-minute classroom simulations in which the presenter will facilitate an activity of their choice for 20 minutes. Conference participants will be involved in the fishbowls, either as an activity facilitator, student, or observer. The presenter will be selected through the application process. These sessions are designed to assist both presenter and participants in improving facilitation skills. This experience will provide participants with a number of different perspectives on which to reflect, including how different strategies impact the effectiveness of POGIL activities.
What does a fishbowl session look like? At least one month before the conference, fishbowl presenters will complete the Fishbowl Activity Form and submit their activity. This includes information about the intended student population, place in the curriculum, and prerequisite knowledge along with one clearly stated content goal and one clearly stated process skill goal that can be achieved by “students” within 20 minutes. The process skill area (such as teamwork, management, assessment, communication, etc.) should be indicated in a parenthetical at the end of the goal. Fishbowls are not intended to provide feedback on a classroom activity. At the start of the session, a moderator will set up the fishbowl, separating the participants into fish (“students” who will work on the activity in teams) and observers. For the first half of the 45-minute session, the presenter will conduct an activity as they would with regular students, with attendees acting as students and observers. Afterward, the moderator will lead a discussion about the strengths of the facilitation, areas for improving facilitation, and insights from the attendees about general POGIL facilitation strategies.
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