“Practice makes perfect.” This truism isn’t usually applied to qualities like inventiveness.
Research tells us, though, that it should be. We approach inventive thinking as a practice, creating opportunities for students’ imaginations to run wild and then helping them to focus, harness, and apply critical thinking to their big ideas.
That’s what Einstein meant when he said that imagination is more important than knowledge. When you know how to literally play with ideas, you can solve problems in new ways.