Creating is at the heart of innovation.  It is based on having an understanding of function and purpose, and so grows from a learner’s capacity to adapt and utilise successful skill-sets.  This thinking mode relies on imagination.
Creativity is a skill – and as such, it can be developed and taught.

Creating is viewed as the highest order of thinking in Anderson’s & Krathwohl’s Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. High capacity students will be creative learners who have a knack at thinking around a problem. They may not always get the correct answer but they ‘see’ angles others don’t.  Lower level learners will be those who really rely on structure – and don’t like to think outside the box. The lower rated students may be very good at remembering things and therefore might even be considered ‘smart’, but they may not be ‘clever’. The creative students will be those who can apply new and successful strategies.

At the heart of creativity is understanding and experience: an example is Pablo Picasso, who trained as a draftsman.
Key elements for developing a creative mind:
  • Resources,
  • Environment,
  • Autonomy,
  • Varying Viewpoints and Influences,
  • Multi-sensorial,
  • Process not Product,
  • Open Ended Play.
A strategy to consider is the SCAMPER strategy.
It is also wise to heed the need for boredom.  In an age of sensorial overload, this article is worth a read