Teach Like a Finn! Professional Development Programme for K-12 Teachers

Today’s world is more complex, connected, and rapidly changing than ever. It requires a new set of skills; innovation, creativity, cooperation, and critical thinking are necessary for success.

Education has a vital role in developing these new skills: the learnt skills and values help students to achieve their full potential.  The responsibility of educators is to support the students to succeed in life.

Teach Like a Finn! is professional development programme for K-12 teachers which is designed to answer the needs of the modern world. Join us to learn, inspire, and impact!


Teach Like a Finn! programme aims at

  • increasing teachers’ pedagogical and methodological skills and understanding
  • Increasing teachers’ classroom management skills
  • increasing joy of learning and teaching
  • increasing students’ learning outcomes and life skills


The focus of the TLF (Teach Like a Finn!) programme is on the ‘how’ of learning and teaching. The programme challenges the mindset of the participants by making them rethink their own teaching practices and it gives them tools to develop themselves as teachers.

The programme is divided into two pathways: Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Primary and Secondary Education (PSE). Both pathways comprise a number of modules. The modular content offers easy implementation and a way to choose the training content to suit exactly your development needs.

Each module introduces teaching approaches and methods that can be applied to different school subjects. Teachers will receive training, materials, examples of best practice, and guidance on how to apply the approaches within the context of their subject and their school. During the training, they apply the new methods in their classroom, reflect on their learning, and get feedback from their trainer. In addition, they will learn tips and tricks from Finnish classrooms.

The programme can be implemented online or face-to-face. It can be also organised as direct teacher training or as train-the-trainer training.

Primary and Secondary Education modules

Student-centred Learning

  • Core elements of student-centred learning and methods
  • Planning student-centred lessons, increasing student engagement and motivation

Lesson Planning

  • Constructive alignment: aligning learning objectives, learning methods and assessment
  • Bloom’s taxonomy and SKA principle, teaching and assessment practices

Teachers’ Pedagogical Understanding and skills

  • Role of teacher’s previous experiences, believes and cultural understanding in teaching
  • Analysis and development of own teaching practices


  • Basic elements of differentiation, including different learning needs of individual students and how to transfer them into lesson planning.
  • Practices on how to implement differentiation in teaching by using own lesson plans

Positive and Authentic Teaching

  • Recognising and documenting the child’s experiences and sharing positive meanings
  • Applying positive pedagogy and supporting a growth mindset

Classroom management

  • Variety of classroom management strategies, methods, and techniques
  • Understanding how to promote discipline and motivate the students

Promoting Students’ Motivation and Participation in Classrooms

  • Interrelating characteristic of motivation and participation
  • Implementation of students’ motivation through participation

Student-centred Teaching Methods

  • Student-centred teaching methods enhancing collaboration
  • Learning, testing, analysing, and applying collaborative student-centred teaching methods

Toolbox for Student-centred Assessment

  • How to support Interaction, collaboration, problem-solving, and reflection in assessment
  • Different ways of assessing formative, summative, feedback, self- and peer review

21st Century Skills

  • Teaching critical thinking, innovation, problem-solving, collaboration, and meta-cognitive skills of knowing how to learn
  • Learning by doing and playing, and planning a project for participant’s own classroom

21st Century Technology Skills

  • Technology, coding, and computational thinking in learning
  • Coding with computers

Creativity in Learning

  • The impact of creativity on joyful learning, deep understanding, and classroom atmosphere
  • Promoting creativity in classroom

SDGs and Children’s Rights

  • Practical tools for human rights and attitude education, and environmental pedagogy
  • Critical thinking, communication, and cooperation skills through attitude education

Problem-based Learning

  • Increasing knowledge acquisition and enhancing group collaboration and communication.
  • Seven steps of problem-based learning and how to use it in the classroom

Phenomenon-based Learning

  • Connecting the teaching of subjects and phenomena: multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches
  • Creating a structure for the multidisciplinary learning modules

Flipped Learning

  • Characteristics and practical implications of Flipped learning
  • Planning a Flipped learning lesson

Applying Active Learning Methods in ESL

  • Use of active methods in language learning
  • Student activation through physical learning activities

Active Learning in Math

  • Developing creativity, innovation, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking through active learning
  • Practical strategies of implementing active learning methods in math

Problem-solving in Math

  • Role of problem-solving in students’ self- esteem and abilities in mathematics
  • Different problem-solving strategies and changing a typical task into a problem

Early Childhood Education modules

Foundations of ECE: Meaningful Experiences and Joyful Learning  

  • Core elements of child-centred pedagogy: joy of learning and holistic approach to learning
  • Practical child-centred tools and activities

   Foundations of ECE: Child Development and Learning in ECE 

  • Cognitive, social, and physical development during different developmental periods
  • Adjusting learning activities to children’s developmental level

 Foundations of ECE: Pedagogy and Planning in ECE

  • Planning for individuals and the group
  • Creating meaningful, structured, and cohesive days and activities for the children.

 Teaching in a Changing World: 21st Century Skills in ECE  

  • Child agency and ownership of learning
  • Phenomenon-based learning, exploratory-based learning, and ICT in ECE

 Language Development in ECE  

  • Phases of language development during early years and how to support the development
  • General language environment, language immersion and teaching in a second language.

Assessment in ECE 

  • Assessment of children’s holistic development & learning
  • Key tools about what, when, and how to assess in ECE

  Differentiation in ECE 

  • Supporting the individual learning rhythm and positive learning experienced by each child
  • Practical tools to support young learners with different levels of needs

 Positive Pedagogy in ECE 

  • Strengthening children’s learning, well-being, and holistic development.
  • Promoting motivation, assertiveness, happiness, and learning through emotion education, character-building, and education in virtues.

Learning in the Toddler years

  • Connection between development and learning and how to support it
  • Linking future working skills to early childhood pedagogy

Development in the Toddler years

  • Central theories on early years’ development and practical tools on how to support the development
  • Teacher’s role in the early development of the child

Target Group

This programme is targeted at K-12 schools, teachers, and other educationists having an interest in improving their methodological and pedagogical skills and the learning outcomes of students.

Preliminary Knowledge

Teacher education and/or teaching experience of over 1 year.