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A:The LEGO bricks in each BuildToExpress Set have carefully been se-lected to provide a broad spectrum of “ready-made-metaphors.” The bricks, colors and Minifigures inspire students and stimulate their creative thinking and imagination. This allows you, the teacher, to create an ideal environment for learning and discussion.
A:The LEGO bricks are crucial to the BuildToExpress process because they are used by students to make their thoughts and ideas visible and tangible in 3-D models. The bricks enable the students to fulfill their need to construct something external to themselves in order to learn about it.
A:No, each student should have his/her own BuildToExpress Set. The reason for this is that each student should have the same starting point as their fellow students when they begin building their responses to the Building Challenges posed. Getting exactly the same sets of bricks will help the students relax in the knowledge that they have all the bricks they need to build their responses.
A:Experience shows that when there are bricks available for sharing, students become concerned about bricks that they think they need (and that the other students have found) rather than about responding to the Building Challenge. Thus, extra piles of bricks for sharing between the students remove the focus from the Building Challenge and onto the bricks.