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Mr. Wdowiarz (Fifth Grade)

About Mr. W


  • West Chicago Community High School, Class of 2001

  • B.S. Elementary Education, Northern Illinois University, 2006

  • M.A. Education in Reading, Olivet-Nazarene University, 2009

Educational Philosophy:

  • The role of the educator is to encourage, foster, and assess the progression of the student into a positive and active citizen of their local, state, and national communities.

Favorite Quotes:

  • "In this living world, the body that I give up and burn would be wretched if I thought of myself as anything but firewood." - Ryonen

  • "We write our own destiny.  We become what we do." - A fortune cookie

Extracurricular Activities:

  • I enjoy spending time with my wife and three sons.  I've been a guitar player for over 20 years. I play in and around the Chicagoland area.  I like to exercise, work on my house, and play video games, too!

Currently Reading:

Teaching By Numbers, Deconstructing the Discourse of Standards and Accountability in Education, by Peter M. Taubman

This book is one of the books I have to read for my first class toward my doctoral degree. Understanding the movement in education toward increased accountability for students and teachers via the achievement of specific learning targets is fascinating. One of the things that has struck me so far is how new so many of our educational paradigms actually are. Consider that even being in a specific grade (3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade), for example, is only around 100 years old! Crazy. Taubman has a great sense of prose too. I’ve dug this book so far!


War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

Mr. Baum, Mr. Leisering, and I thinking about getting a book club for the adults going at Winfield. War and Peace has been sitting on my nightstand for a couple years now, but it’s such a dense novel that I’ve been putting it off. I’m excited at the prospect of having a group of people to go through it, think deeply, and analyze some intensive literature. 


Currently Listening to:

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Let Me Get By

I’m big into music, if you didn’t know. One of the the last concerts I got to go to prior to the COVID restrictions was Tedeschi Trucks band at the Chicago Theatre. I spent the summer learning to play electric slide guitar, which is super fun. I learned a new tuning on my guitar, and worked specifically on Derek Truck’s solo on Anyhow. It’s so gritty and wonderful. The group is a sort of gospel/blues/country/rock mix with a two drummers, a horn section, and some of the best vocals I’ve heard (Susan Tedeschi) in a long time. Check it out!

5th Grade PRess

This week in Mr. W’s 5th grade class students are still getting used to being in the habit of E-Learning since coming back from Thanksgiving break. Mr. W is reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and many students like it. In science, Ms. Angelacos is teaching students about animal adaptations. The final project for the unit is to create your own combinations of animals with six adaptations. In Mr. W’s Math class, students are doing great on working together as a group. In Social Studies, students are writing an essay about what they think the right to pursue happiness is. Classmates are giving feedback about their partner’s essay and what they think. In Writing, the class is doing research about a career of their choice. In Daily 5, students are working on reading and answering questions about the book Maniac Magee. In Second Step this week, Mr. W’s class learned about how to resist revenge and are working on it at home. In Art, this class is working on drawing expressive eyes because the other half of our face is covered by masks. So Mrs. Eaton found a good project to work on. This class is definitely excited about going back to school in person instead of just staying at home. And can’t wait!