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Robert Talbert
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Attended Dickson County High School
Lives in Allendale, MI
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New at Casting Out Nines: Using Guided Practice to build self-regulation. 

First of all, yes, that's two posts in two days. I'm on Spring Break. Second of all, this post is about how I tried to take advantage of the flipped classroom setup to explicitly train students on self-regulated learning behaviors using Guided Practice assignments. 

I have more posts coming this week on this, but just as a reminder, I won't be posting links to them here on G+ because of my Lenten social media fast that commences tomorrow. Best way to keep up is to follow me on Twitter (@RobertTalbert) because my blog auto-posts links there. 
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PSA: Beginning this Wednesday, I will be taking a 45-day hiatus from all social media outlets including Google+. This is part of my observance of Lent. Please click the link below for more info. 

I'll continue to post to my blog, and those posts are automatically sent out to my Twitter feed but not to here. So if you want to keep up with my posts, subscribe to the Twitter feed (twitter.com/RobertTalbert). Thanks!
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We accept application year round. ;-) Happy Lent!
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For your evening listening, a lesser-known Steve Miller Band tune. 
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Be careful what you say in class, folks. Today we were starting a unit on graph theory in discrete structures and kicking around the idea of planarity. I showed them the Petersen graph (below) and joked that this was the students' daily dose of Satanism. Was pulled aside later by a student whose boyfriend is a Wiccan and politely informed me that pentagrams do not always denote Satanism.

That's about the last thing I expected to hear, here in super-conservative west Michigan, but an offense is an offense. I wouldn't like it if my prof put a cross up on the board and joked about it. 
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Nice use of Sage!
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Hmm, so with your total curricular freedom to show kids the true beauty of real mathematics, university math courses must be the best taught and most loved math classes that kids have to take and not total wastelands of learn...
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not kaboom or shakalaka boom boom?
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New at Casting Out Nines: The inverted calculus class and self-regulated learning. 

Part 2 of a series of posts on the inverted/flipped calculus class that I taught in the fall. In this post I focus on the theoretical framework of the course, which is Paul Pintrich's concept self-regulated learning. Even if you don't flip your classrooms you might benefit from learning about this idea. 
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New at Casting Out Nines: Weekend reading. 

Links that span the entirety of human existence, from log semirings to procrastination cures to Sriracha sauce. 
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Found while prepping for a class on RSA tomorrow. 
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I hear Shatner was keynote. (correlation between g.number field sieve and warp core sieve?)
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Question for you about Python dictionaries. If we defined the following dictionary: d = {'a': [0], 'a': [1]} and then ask for d['a'], we get 1 back. I am trying to understand exactly why this is the case. My thought is that the second entry 'a': [1] is essentially an overwriting of the first entry; we started off by declaring 'a' to have a value of 0 but then we changed our minds and set 'a' to have a value of 1. 

Is this an accurate conceptualization of what Python is doing? 
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I think so also.
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Mathematics professor
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  • 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
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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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  • Dickson County High School
    1985 - 1988
  • Tennessee Technological University
    Mathematics, 1988 - 1992
  • Vanderbilt University
    Mathematics, 1992 - 1997
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