In a nutshell Cradle is an Erasmus+ project, Action KA2, and stands for 'Creating Activity Designed Language Learning Environments for Entrepreneurship Education'. Cradle is a new teaching methodology for primary schools focusing on the simultaneous development of foreign language and entrepreneurial skills among young pupils (aged 8-12). Through three innovative outputs, the CRADLE teaching methodology uses a cross-curricular activity-based, student-centered, exploratory teaching, and learning approach. The two major design features of Cradle are that it relies on primary school teachers who support the creation of a foreign-language learning environment. Also, the use of cross-curricular projects fosters entrepreneurial skills. Some of the qualities developed are problem-solving, personal responsibility, social responsibility, curiosity, communication, and cooperation. Cradle has a triple approach interconnecting cross-curricular and action-focused learning with Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and Entrepreneurship Education (EE). Teachers who work with the Cradle Methodology attempt to combine these three elements in their lessons. The implementation of CRADLE places students' interest, curiosity, and sense of initiative at the center of the learning process. It focuses on the intentional development of entrepreneurial skills, which at a basic level, are life skills. The learners choose the topics of the projects. All projects frame activities, where pupils work and learn in a linear four-step process inspired by "Design Thinking" with problem-solving and designing solutions in mind.
Impact and benefits of the Cradle teaching methodologies The CRADLE methodology relies on ‘generalist’ primary school teachers making use of their own, independently acquired foreign language skills in the classroom, thereby strengthening their profile and enabling schools to make use of this valuable asset. Through the use of the CRADLE methodology, students have acquired these life skills both in the process of learning, and as a result of their learning – and at the same time they have acquired language skills and increased their understanding of languages as a tool for communication in subject-specific settings.
I really enjoyed learning new things!
My experience with Cradle enriched me and changed the way I work as a teacher
My son went to school with more desire!
During the project I developed many qualities and the relationship with my pupils improved a lot
We all participate in something during the lesson. No one is left out
Resources for teachers The CRADLE methodology consists of various tools that were developed by and for teachers and school leaders: 1. A blended Teacher Training Course to train ‘generalist’ primary school teachers to use the CRADLE methodology in their classrooms (target ages: 8-12), focused on the creation and implementation of cross-curricular projects with clear identification of foreign language and entrepreneurial learning outcomes. 2. A Toolbox for teachers to support the use of CRADLE in the classroom including cross-curricular project plans: Project-planning templates • Checklists for strategies & resources • Outcomes-observation checklist • Structured teaching materials in the form of project plans and modules which have been developed to correspond to curricular requirements in each country. 3. Practical Implementation Recommendations for school leaders based on lessons learned from the experience of the pilots to support the adoption of the innovative CRADLE teaching methodology as a common practice in their schools, thereby strengthening school leadership and distributed Leadership. Check out some of the project plans our partner schools produced.