The LSP Process

The LSP has a beginning, a middle and an end.

The beginning

As mentioned above, working practices need to be agreed and the process and desired outcomes explained at the start so that everybody is clear. Then building begins. A progressive approach works best. A warm-up or skills development section, helps individuals develop their LEGO building skills and move them slowly from building instruction-led literal models to adding metaphorical features to them. At the same time, they start the process of sharing and opening-up in a non-threatening way while also starting the reflective process. The making of their models increases participants’ ownership of that which they represent. Many find it hard to dismantle their creations as they start seeing these as an extension of self.

The Middle

The main LSP process is the following:

  1. Posing the question: the facilitator asks a question which is addressed to the whole group. This acts as a trigger and helps participants to focus in on a thought, an idea or a situation. The question needs to be clear and open-ended so that participants understand what they are asked to do.
  2. Building the model: Each participant makes a model individually as a response to the facilitator’s question. Building starts while everything is still messy in their minds. The models will emerge and become a visualisation of thoughts that have a specific metaphorical meaning for the makers. The model and their meanings belong to the makers.
  3. Sharing the model: This is a very important part of the LSP process. The model acts as a hook to reflect and share our story with others and connect with the stories shared by others. It is important to give enough time to listen to all stories and to allow them to be heard.
  4. Reflecting: the process of reflection kicks in as soon as building begins, continues through the building process and when the stories are shared. The facilitator and participants might ask open-ended questions to seek clarification linked to specific models or features and aid deeper reflection.

The process is repeated through a series of scaffold activities introduced through further questions which the facilitator has prepared until the desired outcomes have been met.The facilitator must always be flexible and responsive.

The End

The end: The facilitator summarises what has been captured during the LSP workshop and invites participants to reflect individually and capture these on the model itself but also in a notebook or learning journal.

This video shows David Gauntlett from the University of Westminster using Lego® to get a group of 160 students to think about and model themselves as learners: