Can you teach creativity?

I’ve been volunteering a lot of my time helping my son and six other fifth graders with a problem solving competition.  It is basically a test of creativity.  The state tournament is tomorrow and I hope that I’ve been able to help them tap into their confidence and creativity but I’m also left wondering if creativity is something you can teach at all.  I’m sure every one of you who reads this will have a different opinion and I’d love to hear them!

The last few months have been a big learning experience for me.  When I began working with the team, so many of them seemed “stuck”.  It took a surprisingly long time for them to get over the notion of right and wrong answers.  I hope that I was able to provide a positive environment for them to experiment with different ideas.  I really hope that after tomorrow they will continue to value their own creativity and individuality.  That’s good advice for all of us!