Learning and Fun all in One!

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What does Moral Leadership Mean to me?

“It is better to lead from behind and put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. The people will appreciate your leadership.”

Nelson Mandela

Every time I read this quote I can’t help admiring the fortitude and insight of the man who said it.

In my life I’ve been inspired by three important figures:  Vasil Levski, known as the Apostle of freedom, who had a leading role in the revolutionary movements and struggles  for the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule, Abraham Lincoln , one of the greatest American presidents and Nelson Mandela, a great leader of his nation.  These people were devoted to a cause, they knew how to serve others and they took the lead without expecting anything in return. As once Vasil Levski said, “If I win, I win for the entire people. If I lose, I lose only myself.”

In my country the totalitarian regime was respected until 1989, since then the Bulgarian nation continues to shake it off. Our people have been through a lot over the centuries  but  never broke their spirit.What is missing is a true leadership at every stage of the development of a generation. Here comes the role of a teacher. May be for the world teachers are just teachers but to students they are heroes, leaders and behavior models.  How can a teacher develop students’ character?  It all starts inside with self-discipline to be your own leader and to know yourself. As an ancient Indian proverb says, “There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” We have to learn how to temper our ego or better leave it at the front door of the building where we work as the ego is an obstacle to work well, to give support to students and colleagues, and to show true leadership. Moral leaders aim to serve others and they develop the capacity of others. They know how to motivate and inspire, they care about the others and find ways to link pleasure to the daily work of their people with the ultimate goal to which they aspire. It’s more than obvious that people who feel well do greater results. Moral leaders focus on the release of human talent and potential, conduct with integrity, character and courage. Moral leaders keep their promises, always tell the truth, and listen to others with the intent to understand not to reply. Usually dictatorial style leads to one of the two results: people either fear or begin to rebel. Moral leaders inspire and combine humanity with courage. Moral leaders reward their people as they regularly recognize their contributions, in return they always get more that they give.

Moral leaders are committed to a cause greater than themselves which makes them characters larger than life.


Dear students,

Congratulations for your achievements for October! Tomorrow, 4 November 2013, we start a new month. Please check the activity requirements.


From 80 tonumber-one 100 points = Satisfactory (3)

From 101 to 121 points = Good (4)

From 122 to 141 points = Very Good (5)

From 142 to 150 points = Excellent (6)

By Mariana Kolarska Posted in News

Two Week Course for Teachers of English in Exeter

courseFrom 14 July -27 July 2013 I took part in a two-week course for teachers of English in vocational and secondary schools which was held in Exeter. This course was designed for European teachers of English at Secondary level by International Study Programmes.

The training was arranged in workshops which were conducted by expert teacher trainers with many years of experience in training European teachers of English. The group consisted of 15 teachers from different countries in Europe. We had three wonderful teachers who shared with us a lot of their experience and gave us the opportunity to gain a huge variety of new teaching  ideas, helped us to improve our language skills, motivated us to research and learn about new strategies, techniques, approaches and methods.

jokeWhat I liked about the training is that we, teachers, were active participants  and we just changed roles with students. I will always remember what Benjamin Franklin once said: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”  Here is important to mention that the best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. What I mean is that we were given the right to choose, explore and absorb the information we needed and later apply it creatively in our work. The last part of the process is up to us and what we see.

colleaguesI’ve been recently thinking about the difference between school and life. They say that school teaches you lessons and then gives you a test. But life, oh that wonderful life, first gives you a test and you learn the lessons yourselves. Isn’t that awesome? So training at schools should be run from practice to theory.  Here we really could apply the Dogme method which I became aware of thanks to my teachers in Exeter.

What is the Dogme method?

It is a communicative approach to language teaching that encourages teaching without published textbooks and focuses on conversational communication among learners and teachers. Sounds very simple, doesn’t  it?

What are the key principles of Dogme?

1. Interactivity –  direct interaction between teachers – students, students – students.

2. Engagement – students are engaged by the content they create themselves.

3. Scaffolded conversations – learning is based on conversations between teachers and students who co-construct the knowledge and skills.

4. Emergence – language and grammar emerge from the learning  process.

5. Affordances – teacher’s role is to optimize language learning affordances through directing attention to emerged language.

You can also have a look at a presentation I’ve made about the course. Download