Fostering Active Engagement through Fishbowl Discussion

In this classroom video, social studies teacher Jenna Forton uses the Fishbowl teaching strategy to structure a class discussion about primary documents related to the Plessy vs. Ferguson case. The Fishbowl strategy involves students seated inside the “fishbowl” actively participating in a discussion by asking questions and sharing their opinions, while students seated outside listen carefully to the ideas presented.

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Classroom Video


Civil Rights Movement

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Classroom Discussion


US History

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