The professional learning product
designed by teachers, for teachers.
What is smart teaching?
Here at Thinqi we understand that effective teaching and learning requires excellent knowledge of pedagogy and the ability to apply sound pedagogical principles in the context of the learning environment.
With over 20 years experience in delivering effective distance learning, we bring you our expert knowledge and guidance in a comprehensive professional learning system designed to have visible impact on practice and attainment.
Smart Teaching has three key components
Digestible, bite-sized learning
Smart Teaching’s training modules provide a flexible professional learning experience designed to integrate and complement everyday teaching practice. Practitioners can complete training modules in their own time, access selected supporting resources and reflect on learning alongside their peers with expert guidance in our virtual classrooms.
“I felt like it gave me the opportunity to digest learning and begin to consider how I could implement it straight away without feeling 'overloaded' with new information… my understanding of these concepts has enabled me to be more critical when reflecting on my practice… and I feel this, in turn, has made it easier for me to consider how to adapt my pedagogy to be the most effective it can be (both in a synchronous and asynchronous environment).”Megan LloydEnglish teacher, Wales
“There are many ways my teaching has changed from these playlists. I feel I have gained the confidence to create resources that will best support my learners and focus on what has been learned instead of what I have done as a teacher. I feel I have a greater understanding of when to use each of these strategies in the classroom to benefit my learners. I also feel that I have a clearer understanding of what 'independent learners' truly means.”South Wales school
“...the examples and video clips were so incredibly useful, they really broke things down and I will definitely use elements of this to show my staff. It really made me stop and think about my practice, particularly with remote learning - it clicked answers into place as to why certain methods I had used were not as successful as others, for example, the use of text and image together. I think it's a must-see for practitioners…”South Wales school
“A very comprehensive playlist which gave enormous detail of good practice at both synchronous and asynchronous levels. Clear and understandable content…”South Wales school
“What also struck me is that this isn't anything new to us - we all explored theorists at university, it's about recalling and using the best bits to help us move forward with curriculum design and school practices.”South Wales school
“I am hoping to share elements of these modules with different staff in school - with the hope of sparking some interest as our staff will also develop with appropriate opportunities. I will most certainly be considering the different approaches within different contexts, especially when considering individual learner's needs and addressing these via good quality teaching and learning, as well as differentiation.”South Wales school
“This playlist allowed me to connect with the reasons why I went into teaching and what I wanted to gain in the classroom through learning…”South Wales school
“I found the material in the playlist to be incredibly effective to go 'back to basics' on what we all know about teaching and learning as good practitioners...I would want to use a combination of the above to reform our whole school approach to teaching and learning so it becomes more centred on developing the learner's knowledge of subjects, but the core of teaching and learning is consistently emphasised and embedded around the school.”South Wales school
“l enjoyed exploring models of memory and theories that indicated how we can help our learners to remember. It was fascinating to explore the contrasts to the previous module on behaviourism.”South Wales school
“I am more aware of the various approaches that are used on a day to day basis within the classroom and the strengths and weaknesses of them. It has challenged me to consider the way in which work is presented to the children and how what I often think will engage the children will actually be distracting them. It is an opportunity to take risks, and I feel encouraged to 'have a go'.”South Wales school
“Moving forward, I would like to develop this within my school setting to focus on metacognition to develop and support a whole school culture of learning to reduce cognitive load particularly for KS4 and 5 with examination pressure.”South Wales school
“It was really interesting and comforting to have affirmation that there is a place for drill and practice... many of our language sessions have an element of drill and practice in order to learn new vocabulary and phrases required for the task or activity. Moving forward and now having seen this module, it gives me the confidence to continue in this way and justifies using this strategy in future lessons.”South Wales school
“I found the behaviourism playlist particularly useful when looking at how we could incorporate asynchronous learning and online lessons into our everyday practice.”South Wales school
“I found this playlist very interesting, particularly the 4 different asynchronous learning styles. It would be quite easy to assume that pupils at home would fall into the 'Home based-digital' learner bracket, when the reality is probably quite the opposite.”South Wales school
“I thought the range of information was useful. I thought it was very well presented and easy to follow. Some of the worked examples were useful and something I have already shared with [other] staff. I also used some of the information to reflect on my own resources and presentations especially when relating to the barriers and variations of learning.”South Wales school
Frequently asked questions
Smart Teaching is a subscription product suitable for small and large-scale implementation. Be a change-maker and share a link to the Smart Teaching page with your school or area leaders. To discuss purchase options and prices, contact a member of the education team at Thinqi now.
Smart Teaching content is being used by Welsh Government. Welsh Government is a recognised policy and practice leader, utilising digital and pedagogically innovative approaches for the delivery of curricula to Wales’ children and young people.
Smart Teaching e-learning modules follow a linear structure. Each module is broken down into units. Practitioners should work through the modules and units sequentially. After completing the e-learning modules, practitioners will be asked to attend several synchronous remote workshops at a date and time to be arranged.
The e-learning modules can be consumed and activities can be completed at a time that is most convenient for practitioners. Reflective workshops are organised on a synchronous-remote basis and therefore attendance at an advertised time and date is essential for live participation and contribution.
The e-learning modules are broken down into units, each of which has a suggested time for completion as follows:
Unit 1 – 15 minutes
Unit 2 – 3 hours
Unit 3 – 3.5 hours
Unit 4 – 1 hour
Unit 1 – 30 minutes
Unit 2 – 2.5 hours
Unit 3 – 2.5 hours
Unit 1 – 45 minutes
Unit 2 – 2.5 hours
Unit 3 – 5 hours
Unit 1 – 2 hours
Unit 2 – 4 hours
Unit 3 – 5 hours
Total – 32.5 hours
The e-learning modules are followed by several synchronous remote workshops at a date and time to be arranged.