Catherine Ann Lombard, M.A.

Philosophy

Teaching

Catherine’s teaching philosophy is based on the following psychosynthesis concepts:

Relationship

The relationship between teacher and student and between all students in the classroom is key to any learning. Group activities are used throughout Catherine's courses. Right relations is of utmost value and must be nurtured with humor, grace, and loving kindness.

Being Present in the Here-and-Now

Catherine believes that the best learning occurs when energy is flowing. Being fully present to the moment results in total focus on the task at hand, motivation to complete difficult tasks, and a continuous increase in skills. Catherine’s classes are intuitive as well as structured as she believes in working with what challenges and interests are immediately present to her students in the classroom.

Self-reflection

Students are encouraged to continuously reflect on their own learning process. By knowing what methods best meet their individual character, needs, and challenges, students can more easily and quickly develop in tune with their own rhythm and strengths. The goal is to obtain a well-balanced approach that will develop the emotional, imagination, intuitive, and intellectual aspects of each student. Catherine, as educator, is also continuously reflecting on her approach and its effectiveness for each individual student as well as the class as a whole.

Inclusion

Each individual student must be encouraged to creatively manifest and express his or her own capacities and inner life through the use of various means, such as speaking, reading, critiquing, and writing. We learn by actively expressing ourselves and our abilities in a safe and open environment.

Playful Humor

Acquiring new skills, especially foreign language skills, can invoke unconscious resistance, discouragement, and even rebellion. But when presented with a playful attitude, learning can become amusing and interesting. Humor and games are powerful techniques to eliminate  students' inner resistance and create a positive atmosphere for continued learning.

 

In the world of imagination,
all things belong.

Richard Hugo