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Wendy Wagner

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Alma Maters: BA Cornell University, MA Duke University, PhD Duke University.
Classes Taught: ENG 1020, ENG 1021, ENG 1001, ENG 0001
Countries Traveled To: Canada, England, France
Companies Worked For: U Maine Augusta, Central Maine CC, Bates C, Pace U, Nassau BOCES
What is your style of teaching?
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Video - pop culture, YouTube clips, TED Talks. Whiteboard and markers - I like to think my stick figures are famous. Social Media whenever relevant.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
You'd have to ask my students, but I like the Quote Museum project in my lit class, and the TED Talks projects in my comp classes.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Clarity. Understanding. Carefulness. An honest attempt to do the assignment.
What kind of student would love your class?
Students bored by traditional assignments. Students who see assignments as opportunities rather than as chores.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Communicate honestly with me and with your classmates (especially when you have group work).
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
African-American literature/history, grammar, and pop culture (mainly television). I'm also pretty knowledgeable about social media technologies.
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Becoming a full professor at JWU. There was a time about 10 years ago when I felt like a failure and almost gave up hope of becoming a college professor.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I have started a Destination Imagination team in my town. It's a problem-solving team competition for kids.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
If you understand that all I want to do is teach you something and you're prepared to go along for the ride, you might be surprised how much you enjoy it.

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