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Robert Talbert
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Attended Dickson County High School
Lives in Allendale, MI
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Messed around with +Trello this morning and discovered it's extremely useful for my weekly class prep/grade workflow. Previously during my weekly GTD review I would just dump all the grade/prep tasks for the week into +Todoist and work with that, but I've always found it hard to track my progress. So in Trello, I have a board set up for grading and prepping with To Do, Doing, and Done lists, along with an +IFTTT recipe that puts a new task in my +Todoist inbox whenever I add a task to the Trello board so I don't have to enter a task in to two places. As I move through completing the tasks, I scoot the card for that task through the board so I can visualize where I am with my prep/grading tasks, then check it off Todoist once it reaches "Done". 

I liked Trello when I discovered it this summer but I struggled to find the problem that it solved for me. Now I think I have an idea. 

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+Raymond Johnson Yes -- for me at least, Trello seems very well suited for working with large, complex projects (like weekly prep/grading, writing a book, preparing for a conference, etc.). Some people I've seen use Trello for their entire GTD process, which doesn't seem feasible for me since I have 2-3 dozen different projects going on at any given time. 
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Sort of a click-baity headline, but the article itself is excellent -- let kids play with mathematical ideas before introducing formalisms and they will end up figuring out a lot of math we normally consider "too advanced".
 
Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math
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New at CO9s: Some rationale behind why "learning community" is now a pretty central focus of my courses starting this fall.  
Yesterday as I was laying out some details of my upcoming Fall semester course design, I mentioned that I was introducting a new category of assessment in my...
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I hope you are right. But sometimes people only feel like the world is in balance if they think someone has it worse than they do. 
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New stuff at CO9s: Having returned from vacation, I am now shoulder-deep in getting my Fall courses ready. Today I finished the beta version of the syllabi for those courses including a new and hopefully improved implementation of specs grading. Here's an overview of what I am trying and a link to the (still-in-beta) syllabus. Thoughts, shoot-downs, etc. encouraged. 
I’ve been at conferences or on vacation for the last two weeks, but I’m now back and engaging in the mad sprint to the start of Fall semester classes. I am s...
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We made it back home safely from a great family vacation in northern Michigan. Here's the photo album Google put together with my photos and video. Enjoy! We did. (I love this feature of Google Photos.) 
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Last day on vacation with the family in northern Michigan. I have a ton of photos to share later, but here's one of my favorites for now. This was taken in Mackinaw City, right on the top of the lower peninsula "mitten" looking north with the 5-mile long Mackinac Bridge on the right. Feeling blessed to live in such a beautiful state. #puremichigan  
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The report from the major +Mathematical Association of America -sponsored research study on undergraduate calculus is ready. I haven't read it yet, and at 180 pages long it will take a while. But I will say that +David Bressoud 's keynote at MathFest which touched on this report was outstanding and sobering. 
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A GVSU colleague is using specs grading in an upcoming online course, and he has some good thoughts about it. 
 
I've added another blog post about the process of preparing to teach my first online course. In this installment I consider some of the pros and cons of specifications grading. Please read, comment, and share.
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Shameless plug: I'm entering a contest to win a $1300 Catholic reference software system. If you click on the link and do one of the actions at the link, I get an entry. That is all. 
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I have about 75 projects in my +The SageMathCloud account that were set up by students who then added me as a collaborator, for use in past classes. I'm not using those projects anymore so I want to go remove myself from all of them. However it appears the only way to do this is one project at a time. Is there a way to mass-remove myself from all of them, all at once? 
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This is the best place I've found to ask questions about smc: https://gitter.im/sagemath/cloud (just need your github account)
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Here's another shot from vacation, from Arch Rock on Mackinac Island. There is a tiny bit of blue in the filter on this, but not much -- the water in Lake Huron really does look like this. #puremichigan  
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Shot taken from the base of the world's tallest crucifix. 
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I'll be really close to there in a couple of days!
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Education
  • Dickson County High School
    1985 - 1988
  • Tennessee Technological University
    Mathematics, 1988 - 1992
  • Vanderbilt University
    Mathematics, 1992 - 1997
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Mathematics, technology, education, family, faith, music, enjoying life.
Introduction
I'm a professor in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale/Grand Rapids, Michigan. I teach courses for mathematics majors, preservice mathematics instructors, engineers, and computer scientists. I'm also the department tech guy. Prior to coming here in 2011, I was at Franklin College in Indiana from 2001--2011 and at Bethel College in Indiana from 1997--2001. 

I received my PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1997 in the areas of algebraic topology and homological algebra. My advisor was Efstratios Prassidis. My dissertation dealt with algebraic equivalences between two different kinds of homology theories. These days, my interests lie in algebra, cryptography, mathematics education, and engineering education. I'm especially interested in educational technology and how technology can support active learning environments in the university classroom. 

I live in Allendale with my wife, three kids (ages 3, 6, and 8) and our cat. We're Christians of the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod persuasion. We're living the good life, with the beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan just 15 minutes west and a vibrant small city 15 minutes east, and a very cool job at one of the best public universities in the country in the middle. 
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Dad of three awesome kids. Husband to one awesome wife. Was an extra in "Ernest Goes to Camp".
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Mathematics professor
Employment
  • Grand Valley State University
    Associate Professor of Mathematics, 2011 - present
  • Franklin College
    Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computing Science, 2001 - 2011
  • Bethel College
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1997 - 2001
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Allendale, MI
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Hudsonville, MI - White Bluff, TN USA - Bargersville, IN USA - Nashville, TN - South Bend, IN - Cookeville, TN - Whiteland, IN
I've eaten here twice, once with a group from work and once with my family. Service each time was a bit on the slow side but friendly, at least. Food on the first visit was pretty good -- I had the turkey pita which was very tasty, but the wait staff forgot the side of chipotle mayo that was supposed to come with it. On the second visit I had the southwest chicken wrap which was bland and dry; my wife had the fajita wrap which had the opposite problem, so much liquid in the fajita that it was almost impossible to eat without sliming yourself. Overall I wasn't impressed with the food. I'd like to like Main St. Pub more, since I live and work in Allendale and it's one of the few nice sit-down places we have here, but they just really need to step up their game. This place could seriously benefit from a little competition. Put in a Chili's or a Friday's next door to this place and you'll have basically the same kind of dining experience but with better food.
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Best pizza in Hudsonville/Jenison area. I'm partial to the Hawaiian pizza, which has a delicious mix of sweet/salty in the ham and pineapple. My wife likes the deluxe. My kids could live off the breadsticks. Overall outstanding food at a decent price with good service.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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