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Discussion-based learning strategy for large groups


location_on Madrid, Spain
4 teams of 6 students are given a problem to solve. Each team will approach the problem from a different perspective, either suggested by the teacher or one that arises from the initial discussion. The distribution of the chairs (in three concentric circles) is what determines the variation of the teams as the discussion progresses. The rotation of circles enriches the ideas of the initial team.
Canals Antón, Judith; Sánchez Ovcharov, Carmen; Villavicencio, Cecilia Paula
1st Innovation in Education Award. Category: Methodological transformation. Madrid, Spain. May, 2018.

Canals Antón, Judith; Sánchez Ovcharov, Carmen; Villavicencio, Cecilia Paula


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Discussion-based learning strategy for large groups

Learning outcomes

1. It is a format for structuring a class discussion, for groups of up to twenty-four students (flexible). The strategy is transferable to teaching and learning practices, based on discussion, for students of all ages, including adults.

2. It is a strategy applicable to a classroom of up to twenty-four (flexible) students, with the flexibility to identify alternative roles, promote the participation of more introverted students, open the opportunity to apply creative ideas to global issues.

3. This rotation model offers teachers and students specific teaching and learning opportunities, while simultaneously providing data to inform teaching and learning. It is a way to rotate groups without generating disorder.


See this innovation in action

Going public: Symposium 2018
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Learning by doing...
The FISHBOWL strategy is adaptable to all ages (K-12) and to any area of knowledge. The inclusion of this dynamic in Primary offers children the possibility of designing their own class. In addition, it helps the teacher to check the language and teaching tools used. The implementation of FISHBOWL is ideal as part of dynamic and integrating methodologies such as Project Based Learning (PBL) or Learning by doing.Aware of the flexibility to extend the FISHBOWL strategy to all educational levels, in June 2018, an in-company training was carried out for all the Primary, Secondary and High School teachers of the school, achieving creative and productive interdisciplinary combinations.
Experience 2: Open Day, April 2018
The experience was carried out with students of different ages (from 12 to 17 years-old), together with their parents. The distribution was random. The proposal for each team was to create and craft a problem without a simple solution or with a complex solution. The participants that rotated had to provide a solution to this problem, at first, and then to sophisticate this solution as they were rotating, making contact with the different teams.
Experience 1: Open Day, December 2017
The experience was launched with students of different ages (from ESO and BTO) with their parents. The distribution was random.The proposal for each group was to create a learning game in four different areas of knowledge (language, mathematics, history and natural sciences). Team rotation served to improve or optimize the initial proposal.


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May 2019
November 2018
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May 2018
1st Innovation in Education Award. Category: Methodological transformation

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