First Five

My invited contribution to First Five went up today. I opted to share my “Frequent Five” and “Favorite Five” websites. This is an interesting project — check it out!

First Five asks artists, academics and theorists the first five websites that they visit each day. Do the websites we read shape, describe and identify who we are? How do we choose to visit these sites?

Laurie Chancey’s Complete LSU Teaching Evaluations, Fall 2009-Spring 2012

Laurie Chancey's complete official LSU teaching evaluations, Fall 2009-Spring 2012

WORD CLOUD (only “teacher” and “class” removed) – Click on image to enlarge.

official teaching eval word cloud thru spring 2012--complete LSU--edit

WORD CLOUD (several nondescriptive words removed) – Click on image to enlarge.

I taught approximately 1,700 students during my three years as a sociology teacher at Louisiana State University.

This is a word cloud of the most frequently-occurring words in my official written teaching evaluations, Fall 2009 – Spring 2012.

I altered the original text to correct spelling.

My LSU evaluations elsewhere:

Laurie Chancey receives two teaching awards in Spring 2012

This semester I was honored for my work in the classroom by both faculty and student groups.

April 29 – Presented with the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Council Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (pictured) at the LSU H&SS Honors Convocation. Candidates for this award were nominated by their departments, and the winner was chosen by the H&SS Advisory Council based on strength of experience, teaching philosophy, and student evaluations.

April 21 – Presented with the LSU Sociology Society Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student at the LSU Sociology Spring BBQ. The winner was chosen based on a tally of email votes from undergraduate sociology majors and minors.

Bright Woman + No H.S. Diploma = College Professor?

Laurie Chancey - an "unschooled" LSU faculty member

Ad appeared in LSU campus newspaper The Daily Reveille, April 23, 2012

Full text: Sociology instructor works toward Ph.D. without high school diploma by Emily Herrington

The concept is called unschooling, or child-led learning. Chancey said the philosophy behind unschooling is that children are natural learners and they will do so without being forced. Unschoolers believe that children learn best by simply following their interests.

Chancey said her background is what led her to develop a love for sociology.

She defines sociology as observing social life from a detached perspective, which is how she felt growing up — looking through the window as friends and peers experienced the institution.

“Every single thing I did has led me to this point. And that was the theory behind unschooling,” she said.