The Chiji Guidebook: 25 Ways to Use Chiji Cards

Chris Cavert and Steven Simpson collaborate on a useful, new resource for experiential educators. Practical theory and 25 powerful activities take Chiji Processing Cards beyond their initial niche as a processing tool. Experiential educators will find innovative and intriguing techniques to add to their facilitation skills.

What are Chiji Cards? Chiji (pronounced “chee′ jee”) Processing Cards were developed by the staff at the Institute for Experiential Education (www.chiji.com) and are available from many experiential education equipment providers. They are a deck of 48 cards with pictures designed to spark discussion during a processing session. When a facilitator asks the group a question, each person chooses a card that symbolizes his or her answer to the question. The images on the cards are prompts to help individuals organize their thinking. Rather than having to pull an answer to a question out of thin air, the pictures provide a starting point from which to formulate a response.

The Chiji Guidebook: Our goal for this guidebook is to provide different ways to use Chiji Cards for processing and group activities. The Chiji Guidebook is divided into two sections. A short, practical section on processing theory coincides with the use of Chiji Cards and helps to clarify the reasons for choosing one specific processing technique over all of the other processing activities out there.
The second section is the activity guide with 25 different ways to use Chiji Processing Cards. It is divided into five chapters or categories – Frontloading Activities, Processing Activities, Object Lessons, Initiative Activities, and Fun with Chiji Cards. The authors and the staff at the Institute for Experiential Education developed most of the activities. Several come directly from other experiential educators who have shared how they use the cards. The activities in this guidebook take Chiji Processing Cards beyond their initial niche as a processing tool. Experiential educators who already use Chiji Cards will find a few new and intriguing techniques to add to their facilitation.

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