Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Here little fishy...

Reflect back on the aquarium process today. How did it go? Did it meet your expectations? What are your frustrations and what suggestions do you have to deal with those? Be reflective and be constructive.

13 Comments:

Blogger chrisg said...

I thought it was very hard sometimes during the fishbowl to say what you wanted. There were to many people, and to little time. With the addition of the live blogging it created a way to say what you needed to. This made the fishbowl work, and helped people like me who had a tough time being able to say what they wanted to, because of reasons stated earlier.

September 20, 2006 4:07 PM  
Blogger Amy K said...

I really liked the fishbowl. Normally, I hate that idea because I hate the chaotic "not being able to talk and say what you think" when there's so many people and every person has an opinion..I did the blogging online the entire time and felt like I got to say what I wanted without being severely frustrated with fishbowls like I normally am. I think it went well but that it got a little chaotic at times.

September 20, 2006 6:00 PM  
Blogger hannahm said...

To be honest I didn’t like it all that much. I got frustrated when too many people were trying to talk at once and some people didn’t get to say a whole lot because others were better at jumping in. Also some people were saying the same things in different words because they wanted to get the credit for it and that took too much time.

September 20, 2006 6:24 PM  
Blogger Kurt W. said...

I really enjoyed it. I liked the aspect of silent opinion. Just because you were not talking, your voice could still be heard. It was great to change the regular rule of fishbowl that states: "He who speaks loudest, wins".

September 20, 2006 7:57 PM  
Blogger Matt W said...

I personally enjoyed it. With the addition of the laptops, if you didn't get the opportunity to say something out loud, you could still post it on the blog. Just the simple fact that over the course of 30 minutes of discussion we posted 48 times in the blog tells me that we did use it actively. I'd really like to see the same sort of thing for some of our future fishbowls. Hopefully we can can create a wee bit more order though.

September 20, 2006 10:20 PM  
Blogger AmyB said...

This is Katie Amsberry. I really enjoyed the fish bowl test because it was differnt than a regular test. At first I didnt think I was going to get everything said but by the end I did. I just listened in the beginning and talked in the end. And still got Smith to tell me I was done. So I really enjoyed it and fould it easy to say all my comments.

September 21, 2006 10:55 AM  
Blogger Mark C said...

I thought the "aquarium" test went well, however it was not perfect (not like anything is). I liked how we were able to talk without having to go to the middle and tap someone out (which is always a little awkward). I also thought we got a variety of people talking because of this and it was a more active conversation than a normal fishbowl.

However, there were a couple of issues that hindered it, in my opinion. I agree with Hannah, that people were agreeing with eachother just to get credit. They would rephrase what someone else had just said. This not only got very repetitive, but also it prevented the conversation to move forward. Also, I was dying at the end, not being able to talk because the topics picked up a lot and were very interesting, but I had said my five comments. I understand why we were limited, but that is where an "aquarium" is less effective than a fishbowl.

September 21, 2006 3:59 PM  
Blogger AmyB said...

I really liked the fishbowl idea instead of just having to write the entire class period. I think that having the fishbowl and the live blogging really helped alot of students. I think alot of students probably felt alot better about doing the fishbowl because its easier to express your thoughts. The live blogging really helped me out because i dont like speaking in front of the class, and it takes me a while to put my thoughts all together so i really liked that idea. Overall i think it went really well, and im very thankful that Smith gave us the opportunity to take the test in that form.

September 23, 2006 2:54 PM  
Blogger levik said...

I liked the whole aquarium scenario for the test. I felt like the discussions did not get too off topic and that most people participated. More knowledge of the play was shared and taught to each other this way than if we had written an essay. I know I learned more listening to other peoples ideas and opinions because we did the aquarium.

September 24, 2006 2:49 PM  
Blogger Scott M said...

I really liked the fishbowl being our test. Since I always do better discussing then on written tests. I liked how we were tested on the topics we wanted to be tested on since we had to ask the questions. We still had to know the book very well though since we had no idea what questions would be asked.

September 24, 2006 3:46 PM  
Blogger jeffg said...

I think that fishbowl was the best possible option for this test, and I think that it went exceptionally well. I think that fishbowl is one of the best ways to teach and learn with your peers in a very mature and competitive way. There are always a few different opinions shared, and so everyone gets a different perspective on each topic. I think that this fishbowl was very successful, especially when you consider that people were also blogging throughout the discussion. I loved the experience, and would thoroughly enjoy participating in it again.

September 24, 2006 7:59 PM  
Blogger melissa b said...

I liked the fishbowl as our test. We still had to know and understand the book. We had no idea what questions would be asked. It was better than a written test. Expressing your self on paper is different then outloud. I really enjoyed the experience and would do it again.

September 24, 2006 8:51 PM  
Blogger stephm said...

I think that I learned a lot more doing the fishbowl then I would have with a test. I find it amazing that kids my age can have such in depth ideas about things that I never condidered. I was glad that we could use the computers as well because at certain points everyone was talking at once and it made it helpful that we could say what we had to in someway without being interupted.

September 30, 2006 11:57 AM  

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