By asking “how would you represent the methodology, if you were to use something other than pillars?” you will solidify student understanding as they picture the seven core concepts in a new way. Prepare to be astonished and delighted by your students’ creativity.

Premise: If you were to convey the concepts in the Seven Pillars some other way than by pillars, how would you do this? 

Prompts to incorporate into your presentation: 

  • Did you remember to incorporate all seven core concepts?
  • What would be the rationale or logic behind your choice?
  • Did you change the order of the concepts? For what reason?

Teacher Note: This is best given as a take-home exercise. Then, allow for approximately 15 minutes of classroom time for presentations. As the students explain their work to each other, as well as the core concepts behind their art, the entire class will benefit from the exercise. 

Real-Life Student Examples: Just take a look at some actual – wonderful! – student projects we have seen, over the years.They’re just a sample, but they definitely give you a flavor of the delights you have in store, when you assign such a project. And the research on this sort of teaching technique is conclusive: students retain knowledge best when they make it their own! 


Most recently, student projects have included culinary masterpieces, a vivid landscape that lights up,and kinetic representational art. As you will see in the PDF below, students have also grasped how the methodology can be used in other realms of life, such as “plain vanilla” entrepreneurship: Super Smash Coffee (PDF Slideshow).  Our thanks to Dr. Watson and her students for sharing these materials with us!