Introduction to positive pedagogy

On this second course of finnishpedagogy.com you’ll be introduced to Positive Pedagogy and more precisely to strength-based positive pedagogy.

Positive Pedagogy is the first of the two main methods of Finnish Pedagogy, and it is so for a good reason. Positive pedagogy permeates all education levels and the teaching of all students regardless of age. 

Main and supporting methods of Finnish pedagogy

Positive pedagogy is exceptionally effective as a method because it works on two levels: it provides tools with which the teacher can improve both themselves and their students. In a sense, the method has a double benefit:

  1. You will grow to become a more positive pedagogist yourself, and learn how to better recognize and use your own strengths as a teacher, and
  2. Your students will become more successful in their studies and their life in general. You will notice the atmosphere in your classroom changing and wellbeing increasing!


The reasons for positive pedagogy being of such high importance in Finnish pedagogy are several. Positive pedagogy greatly benefits both students and teachers alike.


  • Person’s positive role in community and teams
  • Team spirit and co-operation with others
  • Physical and mental health
  • Positive self-esteem
  • Flexibility skills
  • Concentration
  • Motivation
  • Happiness
  • Creativity
  • Optimism
  • Interest


  • Makes teaching easier since students are motivated and able to concentrate better.
  • It increases well-being in the learning environment.
  • Minimizes problems in the classroom since there are less behavioral problems in the classroom when the students are used to concentrating on what they are good at instead of what they are poor at.

Even by themselves, all of the aforementioned benefits have such a positive effect on teaching and learning that positive pedagogy simply cannot be ignored when discussing pedagogy.

For this reason, positive pedagogy is the other main method of Finnish Pedagogy. By the same token, it is crucial that you adopt the tools and methods of positive pedagogy and start developing your new individual style of teaching.

The Finnish Pedagogy course offering has a wide selection of supporting methods to pick from and deepen your pedagogic know-how, but each supporting method is based on these two main methods, Positive Pedagogy based on strengths and Student-Centered Teaching.

Positivity increases happiness and self-confidence. It decreases depression and behavioral problems. Students’ success at school depends also on their way of thinking – optimistic students usually outperform their pessimistically thinking counterparts who get worse results than what they have potential for.

Being optimistic is an important part of success.

The teacher is a role-model in positive thinking and can show through their own behavior how to take a positive attitude to cope with e.g. disappointments. Students can learn from their teacher how through problem-solving, even difficult challenges can be overcome.

The teacher has to have appreciation and trust for all the students and all the other school employees, starting from the principal all the way to the maintenance staff. The teacher always encourages students’ individual strengths.

The teacher remembers to smile, say ‘thank you’, and apologize. Students easily adopt a teacher’s attitude whether it is good or bad – hence they will also learn the positive approach and mindset.