|Teams in K-1 designed and built bridges to support a cup of sand.|
So says John Spencer in Ten Things I've Learned About Creativity, a blog post in Education Re-Think. He also says that creativity takes a lot of courage - the courage to overcome the insecurity of being wrong.
The kind of school atmosphere that Parker has, the kind that allows for re-do's, re-thinks, and do-overs as a regular part of learning is crucial for creativity to blossom. Doing multiple drafts of a piece of writing, perseverance in LEGO Robotics, teams charged with real challenges, all these experiences accumulate to form a creative mindset.
Spencer also says the joyful exuberance of play is often involved in creative endeavors. You can see it in the children's faces in the photos - shared purpose, experimentation, the give and take of a small group: it's pretty apparent how we teach creativity!