I was invited to deliver speeches at the induction ceremony of Phi Theta Kappa and the 2013 Commencement at Asnuntuck Community College.
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?
WORD CLOUD (only “teacher” and “class” removed) – Click on image to enlarge.
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:
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.
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.
LSU undergraduate students Sara Allen, Bennie Brazell, Kyle Gahagan, Janelle Garcia, and Travis Snyder are interviewed after taking Sociology of Culture with Laurie Chancey in Summer 2011. Interviews were conducted by Don Asay of LSU Sociology as part of a project on technology in higher education.