About Me

About Me: I am a math education professor at GVSU; I earned my PhD in Mathematics Education at Montana State University, and have worked as a faculty member since 2006.

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Professional Interests: My current professional interests are in the following areas:
  • Assessment best practices, including feedback and formative assessment
  • PK12 statistics education
  • Standards-based grading and growth mindset
  • Cognitive Coaching* for pre-service teacher development
    *certified: 2013-present
I also have interest and experience in the following areas:
  • educational technology
  • teaching for understanding, including Understanding by Design
  • in-service teacher professional development
Current Professional Memberships:
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)


Get Connected! I actively promote the use of social media (twitter, blogging, and facebook) as tools for individual professional development among both pre-service and in-service teachers, and also for the collective development of the teaching profession. You can follow me on Twitter @ProfJonH.

Publications: Here are my most recently published scholarly contributions:
Presentations: Here are a few of the conferences where I have recently given talks:
  • The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE 2015)
  • The Math In Action Conference at GVSU (2013[1][2][3], 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • The Wisconsin Mathematics Council's Annual Conference in Green Lake (WisMath 2013)
Good Reads: A few of my favorite math education books are:
  • What's Math Got to Do with It? (Boaler, 2009) (view it on Amazon)
  • The Teaching Gap (Stigler & Hiebert, 1999; updated in 2009) (view it on Amazon)
  • Principles to Actions (NCTM, 2014)
  • Minds On Mathematics: Using Math Workshop to Develop Deep Understanding in Grades 4-8 (Ward Hoffer, 2012)
  • Mathematical Mindsets (Boaler & Dweck, 2016)
  • Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions (Smith & Stein, 2011)
  • Uncovering Student Thinking in Mathematics: Grades 6-12 (Rose & Arline, 2009)
  • Empowering the Beginning Teacher of Mathematics: Middle School (NCTM, 2004)
  • Empowering the Beginning Teacher of Mathematics: High School (NCTM, 2004)
  • Teaching and Learning Middle School Mathematics (Rubenstein, Beckman, & Thomson; 2004)
  • Teaching and Learning High School Mathematics (Beckman, Thompson, & Rubenstein; 2010)
  • Teaching Mathematics in Secondary and Middle School (Cangelosi, 2003)
Teaching: I generally teach the following courses as part of my normal teaching load:
  • student teaching field experience (with seminar)
  • mathematics methods (with "teacher assisting")
  • mathematics for elementary teachers
  • teaching math in the middle grades
  • probability and statistics for elementary teachers
I have also taught the following courses, among others:
  • geometry for elementary teachers
  • problem solving for elementary teachers
  • high school algebra
  • intermediate algebra
  • college algebra
  • precalculus/trigonometry
  • calculus I, II, and III
  • modern geometry
  • history of mathematics
  • introductory statistics
  • the language of mathematics
  • math for liberal arts
Service: Assessment has been a focus for much of my recent service work at the university, including:
  • contributing to our math education program accreditation reports (NCTM/CAEP, 2015-16)
  • serving on the GVSU University Assessment Committee (2013-present)
  • serving on my department's assessment committee (2012-present)
For More Info: Please view my professional vita spanning 2010-2015 and 2001-2010 for more details about my professional background.

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