Marcin StanowskiEFL teacher, psychologist, leader of new technologies in education
I am a small town boy who having discovered teaching profession moved to the capital city of Poland, Warsaw, to grow smarter and face the challanges of teaching in public institutions, private language schools and companies. After the Teacher Training Centre in Ciechanów and a year of private tuition and Public Lower Secondary School in Przasnysz I moved to another Lower Secondary in Warsaw, where I stayed for 6 years. Through this time I did my bit as a class teacher, gradutaed from Warsaw University, Institute of English Philology, where I wrote my MA thesis “Multiple Intelligences and using drama” under the supervision of Prof. dr hab. Hanna Komorowska.
At this time I fullfilled my dream and ambition to have graduated from psychology at Karydnał Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw where I defended my MA thesis “The sense of life and anxiety at teachers with short and and long career span” supervised by Jan Tylka.
In 2007 I moved to Thaddeus Czacki Highschool and I have been here since. At my school I have been twice a class teacher and a Students Spokesman, moodle platform administrator, leader of ICT and languages teachers coordinator. I am also responsible for professional development and it is one of the areas I feel really at ease. I like providing training to other teachers during workshops, and eagerly open the gates of my classroom to my fellows. I’m still learning to critically reflect on my work, and honestly admit that I do not find much time for that during the school year. With loads of paperwork and school red tape and family life it is unattainable, but then each holiday break I use for writing a self-reflection blog and attending courses. Given some time off I am able to analyze my productivity and assess my SWOT.
In 2007 I became a certified examiner at state final exams in English (Matura) and two years late I achieved the highest level of professional career for teacher in Poland – Diploma Teacher.
2007 – 2008 – Teachers Development Centre of Testing and Foreign Language Services in Warsaw – teacher, teacher trainer
2009-2011 Empik School Online in Warsaw – teacher, on-line teaching, course design
Since 2010 up to now I have been teaching in Republika Jezyka – a private language school in Kobyłka where I am living.
My current goals are the following:
- writing a moodle and teaching English blog at www.teachefl.moodle.waw.pl
- attending the IATEFL conferences in Poland and abroad
- preparing to the career of DOS
- attending a development course in the upcoming school year
- delivering a speech at IATEFL Poland conference in 2014
Prizes and grants
In 2006 for the first time I received Comenius 2 .2.c. grant for the teacher development course Language and Contemporary Teaching Techniques organized by Bell Centre in Saffron Walden, UK. In 2010 I was again awarded a Comenius programme grant for education staff. I took part in two weeks development training – Introduction to Information & Communication Technology for Language Teachers in University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
In 2011 I took part in the contest for Innovative Teachers and aI won the third prize which gave me the oppportunity to present my achievements and share with others in 2012 in Lisbon at the Microsoft event Partners in Learning European Forum.
The same year I was awarded European Language Label for the innovation in teaching for the project: www.czacki.moodle.waw.pl as a Tool Supporting English Teaching at No. XXVII Tadeusz Czacki Upper Secondary School in Warsaw.
In 2006 for the first time I received Comenius 2 .2.c. grant for the teacher development course Language and Contemporary Teaching Techniques organized by Bell Centre in Saffron Walden, UK.
Between 2002 and 2006 I coorganized International Irish Dancing Competition in Warsaw – Warsawfeis