Steve Humble MBE
Head of Education
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44(0) 191 208 7593
- Personal Website: http://drmaths.org
- Address: Newcastle University
School of Education, Communication
& Language Sciences
King George VI Building
Awarded MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to Education in the 2016 New Year's Honours list.
Watch my TEDx talk - Slum Super Stars - African talented children alleviating poverty
A Lecturer in Education teaching on Secondary and Primary PGCE maths with extensive experience working as an educational advisor to both government and schools.
My research focus is to improve access, choice and quality of schooling in a developing context. Thus I'm currently working with some schools and children in Africa and India regarding gifted and talented children.
I was asked to become an advisor on the Russell Group A-Level Content Advisory Body (ALCAB) seeking to advise and inform Ofqual of the views of Russell Group institutions and others within the Higher Education Sector, on the content of A-levels .
I am a Member of the European Mathematical Society (EMS) committee for Raising the Public Awareness of Mathematics in Europe. We organise popularisation activities in europe such as "Mathematics in the streets of Krakow" in July 2012
In my role as a maths publicist (Dr Maths) I write puzzle books and a fortnightly newspaper column to help create greater public interest and understanding of mathematics. I hold the Guinness World Record for the most children learning maths outside the classroom. 1001 children on a Maths Treasure hunt
I am external examiner for the PGCE course at Teesside University.
Editorial board for 'Archimede' Journal for teaching and recreational mathematics (Founded 1902)
I have developed and managed large scale outside maths events (1,000 plus children at each event) such as Maths in the City, Maths in the Malls and Maths on the Beach. The Maths on the Quayside event was held on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June 2007, with over 2,600 children from 70 schools taking part. More information on these can be found at www.ima.org.uk/activities/education/dr_maths.cfm
I worked for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) for five years, developing a strong regional and national infrastructure linking fellow stakeholders in the maths community. This I feel enables teachers to network and progress, as I believe one of the main roles of NCETM is the unification of the maths community.
With NCETM and Learning Outside the Classroom I sourced funds, managed and development the site called Learning Maths Outside the Classroom . The aim of the site is to encourage teachers to think about taking children outside the classroom. The case studies span all phases - early years, primary, secondary and post 16. The site contains forty plus case studies and five professional development modules. The cases studies are in the themed areas; School Grounds, Natural Environment, Places of Worship and Charities, Museums and Art Galleries, Farming and Countryside, Built Environment and Heritage, Sports and Adventurous Activities and Family Learning.
I taught for 21 years in a range of educational establishments: Comprehensive, grammar, private, single sex, 11 to 18, 13 to 18, 4 to 18, sixth form and FE. Exam question writer for OCR.
Current Research 2016
Research to investigate how parental preferences and household characteristics affects school choice for their children. Using discrete choice models (McFadden, 1974) to directly test large household data sets to see whether the parents preferences and demographics affect the choice of attending different school management types (Government, Low-cost Private, Faith Based Mission, Community and NGO schools)
Research into learning and teaching in schools catering for low income and poor families in India. Comparative analysis of student outcomes in different school management types.
Utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods to carry out case studies looking for associations between pedagogy, teacher training, teacher ability, children's innate ability and background, to inform policy and practice with regard mathematics educational structures.
ESRC project 2014-2015
Research focusing on high ability students to act as peer monitors in the transfer of knowledge to other children in poor parts of Da Es Salaam.
Watch my TEDx talk - Slum Super Stars - African talented children alleviating poverty
Handbook of International Development and Education edited by P.Dixon, S.Humble & C.Counihan
Events and Conferences:
My discovery of a new mathematical pattern May 2013 (see article in The New York Times on my research paper Triangle Mysteries ) has created 'buzz' of interest around the world to develop new maths to solve the open problems that my pattern uncovers in the area of commutative semigroups and the general characterisation of medial magmas. See for example Yossi Elran. Recreat. Math. 2 (2014), 53-58 & Michael A. Jones et al. Maths Horiz. 23(2015), 22-25
Abelian and Non-Abelian Triangle Mysteries published by Lon Mitchell, Michael Jones and Brittany SheltonThe American Mathematical Monthly in October 2016 is an exciting paper which solves one of these questions.
Keynote: 'Learning Maths Outside the Classroom" at Every Child Counts - Scotland National Numeracy Conference
Article in the New York Times - Crossing the Pool
The Conversation articles - Why '7' is the luckiest number & Pi might look random but it's full of hidden patterns
The Conversation article - How to build a time machine
The Conversation article - The 22 Million digit number and the amazing maths behind primes
The Collins Blog, Freedom to Teach - A Mathematical Rendezvous
The Collins Blog, Freedom to Teach - 'Coding is back in town'
The Conversation article - 'How to get children to want to do maths outside the classroom'
Number Festival at Newcastle University 27th June to 5th July
The Collins Blog Freedom to Teach - 'The Magical Number Seven'
New York Times 'Number Play' - Steve Humble Neighbour Problem
Slum Super Stars - Alleviating Poverty in Talented Children in Africa
University of Connecticut, Invited speaker by the Neag Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development, Center for Education Policy Analysis and Office of the Dean at the Neag School of Education, and the Office of Global Affairs
Author of the Month Routledge Education
How to be Inventive when Teaching Primary Mathematics Routledge, April 2015
The Collins Blog Freedom to Teach - 'A Number of New Year Resolutions'
The Collins Blog Freedom to Teach - 'Football's a game of two halves'
Guinness World Record Maths Treasure Hunt on the Quayside - 1001 children
Big Bang Science Fair - Practical maths workshops for students (4 years to 21 years), teachers and family groups
Irish Engineering Week - Mathematics Engineering shows throughout Southern Ireland.
Lectures at Edgehill University to trainee teachers
Prince's Teaching Institute weekend teacher CPD days
Workshops - "Catch me if you can" and "The Good (odds, evens, squares), The Bad (Pascal) and The Ugly (Random)"
The Prince's Teaching Institute. Mathematics Teachers Conference
Workshop - "What's Luck got to do with it?"
Irish Maths Week - Maths Shows "What's luck got to do with it?"
Show throughout Ireland. For example shows at INTEL
The Randomness Show at the British Science Festival - patterns, chance and mathematical magic
Schools Out for Summer: Quayside Giant Classroom
Prince's Trust teacher Conference on Proof - Works for all?
FACE teachers conference - Maths on the Farm
Toulouse School children experimenting with my pattern in their playground
Mathematical Association Annual Conference.
Workshop - Emotional mathematics across the curriculum
- Maths Art patterns at Big Bang Science Fair London
- The Liverpool Mathematical Society popular lecture - The DrMaths Randomness Show
- Institute for Outdoor Learning Conference - Workshop on Maths outside
February 2013 Irish Engineering Week - Maths Engineering shows throughout Southern Ireland.
Maths in the Malls - Primary schools event
Festival of Maths - Newcastle University and LIFE
January 2013 NCETM North East Network meeting - Workshop on Teachers Beliefs
November 2012 Prince's Teaching Institute teacher CPD weekends
October 2012 Irish Maths Week - Maths shows "Secrets, Lies & Maths" throughout Southern and Northern Ireland
- Code Breaking at Big Bang Science Fair Birmingham
- Seeing the World with Mathematical Eyes at IMA Mathematics 2011 Conference, London
- Randomness Show at BIG Bang Fair Science Conference in London
- MOSI Manchester Science Festival. Maths shows called Hidden Secrets from the World of Dr Maths
- Randomness Show at www.alchemistcafedublin.com/ available on YouTube to watch - DrMaths
- Maths Busking, developed and gave performances with the concept with Royal Institution http://mathsbusking.com/
- Busking at BIG Conference at LIFE, Newcastle
8th & 9th June 2010 How to Talk Maths in Public. Conference Chair for this IMA conference on Public Engagement
October 2009 – Irish Maths Week
- Developed Maths Walk in Dublin city centre
- Presented Maths shows, workshops and events for teachers and students throughout Southern & Northern Ireland
July 2009 Inspiring Mathematics Champions. Primary project at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
6th June 2009 Cheltenham Festival – Created and jointly presented “Magic Numbers” show with Carol Vorderman. 500+ family audience
- Maths on the Beach. 1400+ students. Culmination event of a years CPD with 14 schools.
- Mathtastic events for Keystage 3 at LIFE science centre. 1,000+ students
- Developed with Teacher TV – Teaching Out of the Box – KS3 Maths; Out of the classroom into the Gallery
- SSAT Maths and Computing conference – Workshop to 70+ teachers on how to teach sequences by looking at randomness
- Leeds University Teacher conference – Keynote to 70+ teachers on how to teach sequences by looking at randomness
- MEI Teacher conference. Presented two workshops (1) Learning Maths Outside the Classroom (2) Maths in Work Video
- Maths on the Farm workshop held at Spring Barrow Lodge Farm in Leicestershire. Organised by Farming and Countryside Education (FACE)
- Maths in Work video workshop at the IMA 4th Maths Works Conference
- Hartlepool`s Maritime Maths Experience – working with The Industrial Trust, Hartlepool LA and teachers
- Newcastle Science week:
11th March. Hidden Secrets from the World of Dr Maths. 100+ family audience
- Alnwick Gardens Guinness World Record for the largest Maths Class.
- Maths in the Malls. 28th, 29th and 30th. Originated, marketed and managed this event of a Maths walk, maths magician and maths art at the MetroCentre shopping Mall. 1000+ students
- Mathtastic events for Keystage 2 at LIFE science centre. 2,000+ students
Educational books and materials:
Fortnightly Dr Maths columns in the Evening Chronicle Newspaper, starting in Nov 2004.
Created a logic walk for the London Underground 150 years - The Tube Trail encourages families to find out more about the Underground as they travel through the network of stations, platforms and railways.
I am the author of a number of maths books, my latest puzzle book titles include:
Code Breaker Explorer: Improve mathematical logic skills using the world of secret codes, which holds a fascinating air of mystery, with secret agents trying to discover the enemy’s plans before the enemy discovers theirs. This book takes its inspiration from the secret world of spies and code breaking.
Times Table Explorer: Make learning Times Tables fun by following the 30 Quests in this book – “from exploring rivers, climbing the tallest buildings in the world, trekking across the Gobi Desert, to finding gold in a sunken Spanish galleon”.
Also in the series are Addition Explorer, Subtraction Explorer, Division Explorer, Fraction Riddles and Number Shape Magic.
Maths for every day! 366 primary maths activities for every day of the year. This calendar gives 366 Maths starters for KS1 and KS2. The starters are linked to events from that day in history, including Egyptians, Romans, Tudors, Victorians, WWI, WWII, famous people, special numbers, art, science, poetry, literature and a whole lot more.
Helping to make teaching outside the classroom meaningful, stimulating and challenging
Become a Maths Wizard with Creative Magic Easy to learn and perform. Create your own unique magic tricks. Children and adults will improve their mathematical skills in a friendly and fun way. This book is available for download on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes.
PGCE Secondary Mathematics
PGCE Primary Mathematics
MA (International Development and Education)
EDU8211 Education Policy and Entrepreneurship for Development
EDU8214 International Development: Theory and Practice
EDU8216 Placement Module
EDU8215 Dissertation: International Development and Education
- Humble S, Dixon P. School Choice, gender and household characteristics: Evidence from a household survey in a poor area of Monrovia, Liberia. International Journal of Educational Research 2017. In Press.
- Humble S, Dixon P. The effects of schooling, family and poverty on children’s attainment, potential and confidence – evidence from Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. International Journal of Educational Research 2017, 83, 94-106.
- Dixon P, Humble S. How School Choice Is Framed by Parental Preferences and Family Characteristics: A Study of Western Area, Sierra Leone. Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform 2017, 11(1), 95-110.
- Dixon P, Humble S, Tooley J. How school choice is framed by parental preferences and family characteristics: A study in poor areas of Lagos State, Nigeria. Economic Affairs 2017, 37(1), 53-65.
- Humble S, ed. The Coding Generation. Routledge, 2017. In Press.
- Humble S. A journey from order to disorder: Coding snippets in mathematics. In: Humble, S, ed. The Coding Generation. Routledge, 2017. In Press.
- Humble S, Dixon P, Schagen I. Assessing intellectual potential in Tanzanian children in poor areas of Dar es Salaam. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice 2016, Epub ahead of print.
- Dixon P, Humble S, Chan DW. How children living in poor areas of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania perceive their own multiple intelligences. Oxford Review of Education 2016, 42(2), 230-248.
- Humble S. Street Maths: What's the chance of that?. In: Silva, J.S, ed. Recreational Mathematics. Lisbon: Associacao Ludus, 2016, pp.161-166.
- Humble S. Quante probabilità ci sono? [How Likely is it?]. Archimede 2016, 2, 66-70.
- Humble S. Un rendez-vous matematico [A Mathematical Rendezvous]. Archimede 2016, (1), 14-18.
- Humble S. How to be Inventive when Teaching Primary Mathematics : Developing outstanding learners. Abingdon: Routledge, 2015.
- Dixon P, Humble S, Counihan C, ed. Handbook of International Development and Education. Cheltenham, Gloucester, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2015.
- Humble S. In Search of Human Capital - Identifying Gifted Children in Poor Areas of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. In: Dixon, P; Humble, S; Counihan, C, ed. Handbook of International Development and Education. Cheltenham, Gloucester, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2015.
- Dixon P, Humble S, Marshall P. International Aid and Schooling for the Poor. In: Dixon, P; Humble, S; Counihan, C, ed. Handbook of International Development and Education. Cheltenham, Gloucester, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2015, pp.472-490.
- Humble S. Sweets in the Jar. In: Parc, S, ed. 50 Visions of Mathematics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Parc S, ed. 50 Visions of Mathematics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Humble S. The Randomness Show. Mathematics Today 2013, 49(6), 248-249.
- Humble S. An Unexpected Mathematical Discovery. Mathematics Today 2013, 49(4).
- Behrends E, Humble S. Triangle Mysteries. The Mathematical Intelligencer 2013, 35(2), 10-15.
- Humble S. Maths for every day!. 2013. Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire: TTS, Calendar.
- Humble S. Playground Maths Activity Cards. 2013. TTS, Set of 30 activity cards.
- Humble S. Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Fraction Explorer. High Wycombe: The Green Board Game Co, 2012.
- Humble S. Code Breaker & Number Shape Magic Explorer. High Wycombe: The Green Board Game Co, 2012.
- Humble S. Create your own Mathematical Mysteries - Humble Numbers. Plus magazine, 2011. Available at: http://plus.maths.org/content/surprising-maths-make-your-own-conjecture&src=fpii.
- Humble S. How to Talk Maths in Public. Mathematics Today 2010, 46(2).
- Humble S, Nishiyama Y. Humble-Nishiyama Randomness Game. Mathematics Today 2010, 143-144.
- Humble S. Randomness: Developing an Understanding of Mathematical Order. The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast 2010, 7(1), 141-148.
- English L, Humble S. Trail Blazers. Learning Maths Outside the Classroom. Teaching Children Mathematics 2010.
- Nishiyama Y, Humble S. Winning Odds. 2010. Available at: http://plus.maths.org/content/os/issue55/features/nishiyama/index.
- Humble S. Sum of N Consecutive Integers. New number theorem. The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast 2009, 495-496.
- Humble S. Catch me if you can!. The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast 2009, 6(1-2), 267-273.
- Humble S. Consecutive Numbers. The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast 2008, 5(1), 163-166.
- Humble S. Magic Card Maths. The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast 2008, 5(2-3), 327-336.
- Humble S. Rendezvous Constants. The Mathematical Gazette 2008, 91(2), 287-290.
- Humble S. Maths in the City. Mathematical walks. Primary Mathematics 2007, 2(1), 17-19.
- Humble S. Maths Circus: Boomerangs. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications 2006, 25(3).
- Humble S. Skimming and Skipping Stones. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications 2006, 1-8.
- Humble S. Beware Answers with Questions. Suggesting why students would always benefit by questioning answers. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications 2005, 24(1), 37-41.
- Humble S. Grandma's Identity. The Mathematical Gazette 2004, 88(62), 524-525.
- Humble S. Eggs, Apples and Pears. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications 2002, 21(3), 121-126.
- Humble S. The Experimenter's A-Z of Mathematics: Math Activities with Computer Support: Maths Activities with Computer Support. London: David Fulton, 2002.
- Humble S. Rolling and spinning coin: a level gyroscopic processional motion. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications 2001, 20(1), 18-24.
- Humble S, ed. Graphical Calculators and Investigations. Lissajous Curves. Association of Teachers of Mathematics, 1995.
- Humble S. Anyone for Tennis? Classroom experiments to find drag, lift and spin. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications 1994, 13(3), 120-123.
- Humble S. Graphical Calculators and Investigations. Lissajous Curves. Mathematics Teaching 1992, 16-17.
- Humble S. Classroom Chaos. Mathematical discovery in the A level classroom. Mathematics Teaching 1991.
- Humble S. Spirals. Number patterns in geometry. Mathematics Teaching 1991.