Experiential Learning: Chiji Processing Cards

Experiential learning is the process of learning through first-hand experiences or learning by doing.  Experiential learning allows educators to bring a variety of exciting ideas, materials, and activities to the classroom.  These activities reach beyond the scope of traditional classroom learning. Some of the activities may be hands-on, while others provide opportunities for students to think critically and reflect.  Chiji Processing Cards are an experiential learning tool that provide educators with an engaging way to get students to process information and debrief afterwards.

Each of the 48 cards has a unique image that acts aims to ignite discussion amongst individuals.  Typically, the instructor will pose a question and each student will select a card that is symbolic of their answer to the question.  The pictures provide a basis for students to process their thoughts. This works really well for students who struggle to articulate their thoughts clearly or who have a difficult time deciding where to begin.  

These processing cards have many benefits, but the ones that I have enjoyed the most are:

  1. Transferring ideas from the lesson to the real world through the images

  2. Helping students formulate their thoughts

  3. Teaching students how to reflect and the importance of reflection

I have used these processing cards at the beginning, middle, and ends of lessons.  They are great as a starter to the day because they can help to gauge how students are feeling.  They are great midday as a way to step away from the traditional way of learning and give students a chance to experience their learning through activities with the cards.  Finally, they are a great way to end lessons because they can serve as a tool to help students process all of the information from a lesson and reflect on the information learned.

Check out these amazing cards here: Chiji Processing Cards