The project in a nutshell Cradle has developed a new teaching methodology for primary schools. Through four innovative outputs, the CRADLE teaching methodology uses a cross-curricular activity-based, student-centred, exploratory teaching and learning approach, focusing on the simultaneous development of foreign language and entrepreneurial skills among young pupils (aged 8-12). The implementation of CRADLE places students´ interest, curiosity and sense of initiative at the centre of the learning process. It focuses on the intentional development of entrepreneurial skills, which at a basic level are life skills.
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 – and often disregarded – asset. CRADLE firmly place students’ interest, curiosity and sense of initiative at the centre of the learning process. Beyond this, it focuses on the intentional development of entrepreneurial skills, which at a basic level are life skills: •problem-solving, •personal responsibility, •social responsibility, •curiosity, communication and cooperation (among others) •all resulting in self-efficacy and value creation. 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.
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. The course includes: 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.