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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 class is a little short. We don’t have school on Friday. In Intervention block, Mr. W is reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Mr. W’s class and Ms. Angelacos’s class are doing a project about what to change around the school. In science, students are learning about conserving fresh water. They are doing posters and hanging them by the central school drinking fountains. In Mr. W’s math class, students are working on problems and tests and doing very well. In social studies, Mr. W put kids into groups and they came up with something called a compact. It’s like a list of laws. In PE, the kids have moved on to the basketball unit. The Koi fish in art are looking very good. Some students are adding on some final details and soon they’ll be done. 


Mrs. Bothwell wants students to think of books to vote on for the Rebecca Caudil challenge and the bluestem challenge. She also wants the students of Mr. W’s class to vote on the next book for her to read for the class. In music, Mr. S showed Mr. W’s students some drum songs from Japan. It was really cool. Sra. Kadfelt, read the last book of the Spanish series by Ann Witford Paul. The series is a fun Spanish picture book. We are moving to a new unit in writing. The new unit is writing narratives. You would need to write about getting in trouble or getting injured. In Daily 5, it’s the same as always. Just pick what to do from the list of choices and do them. It’ll be interesting to see what Mr. W’s class has planned next to do!