I random thought went through my head the other day and I shared it on Twitter. Here is the tweet.
Can you teach innovation or creativity? I don’t think so. Teachers can create environments that support both, but, ultimately, I&C has to come from within the students. Thoughts?— Nicholas Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher) August 12, 2019
There have been some great responses to the thought and I was very curious about what other people think about this.
For me, I do believe all people have the capacity to be creative and innovative. What that creativity or innovation looks like will be different for all people. I just do not think you can "make" someone creative or innovative. You can create an environment where their natural creativity can flourish. Teaching skills like painting, drawing, pottery, etc, are create skills, but that's not teaching creativity. It's teaching people how to express their creativity. Exposing people to different ideas, cultures, experiences, etc. can enhance their creative minds, but it doesn't create creativity from nothing.
It is very likely that I'm wrong about all of this, but I would love to hear from other people on this. Feel free to leave a comment below and share far and wide. I'm open to having my mind changed on this.