Chiji Processing Dice

Type of Activity: Processing, Debriefing Tool

Props Needed: One set of Chiji Processing Dice

Chiji Processing Dice are an example of participant-directed processing; they help to shift some of the responsibility for successful processing from the facilitator to the participants.  The sequence of fact-finding, analysis and feelings, and transference not only takes participants through a progression for processing a specific event, but also presents an overall lesson on proper processing.  In other words, it trains people about processing with the hope that using the dice will enhance participants' ability to self-process.

Set Up: The Chiji Dice are fun.  They offer an alternative to straight question-and-answer sessions, and the use of the blue control die adds and element of chance that offers excitement and variety to traditional processing.

Process: The question dice are rolled in sequential order:  first red, then orange, then yellow.  The roll of each question die is accompanied by the blue control die.

After a group of participants is arranged in a processing circle, the facilitator asks someone in the group to roll the red and blue dice simultaneously.  The blue die determines who answers the question and the red die asks the question.  For example, a student named Chris tosses the dice.  The blue die says, "Roller picks person."  And the red die says, "What was your contribution?"  This means that Chris, as the roller, picks a person in the group to state his or her contribution to the previous activity.

It is up to the facilitator to decide the number of times each question die is used.  Two rolls each for the red, orange, and yellow dice is most common, although the processing and rolling of the dice may carry on as long as the activity continues to be fun and informative.

It is recommended to use the dice in this sequence:  the red die with the blue die first, then the orange with the blue, and finally the yellow with the blue.  The questions on the red die are fact-finding questions, which are followed by the analysis and feeling questions of the orange die, which are followed by the transference questions of the yellow die.  Each die is described in greater detail:

Red Fact-Finding Die: This is the most basic question die.  It asks factual questions or questions that simply summarize the events of the experience.  The questions intentionally are easy to answer and set the stage for the other two question dice.  Red is the foundation color and represents strength and action.

Orange Analysis Die: The questions on this die elicit feelings from the participants.  They also help participants analyze an experience; often participants discuss in detail the same events summarized with the red die.  The analysis questions try to find out what went well, what did not go well, and why.  Orange is the color of gut feelings and represents vitality.

Yellow Transference Die: This die ties the specific experience to future experiences and to everyday life--after learning from an experience, how can participants apply this knowledge?  Yellow is the color of warmth and represents memory, power, and enthusiasm.

Blue Control Die: The blue die determines who answers the questions on the other dice and is always rolled simultaneously with one of the others.  Blue is the color of wisdom and represents the opening of communication channels.


For more resources see:  A Teachable Moment, Chiji Guidebook,  Chiji Processing Dice

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