What is Authenticity?: Teaching Authentically

By authentic teaching, we are referring to the process of uncovering what is genuine for you: your own experience, your own truth, your own voice, your own presence.

  • Ultimately, a teacher might consider her job less about finding the “right” way to teach and more about uncovering anything that is inauthentic for her.
  • We might define the fundamental ground of authenticity as avoiding teaching what you’ve simply been taught (or have heard or read) and instead teach what you know from your own experience (both as a practitioner and as a teacher).
  • However, please also note the difference between leveraging your experience vs. teaching your particular path. For more information, see “Stay Focused on the Student’s Experience” in Teacher-Student Relationships.

Saying, “I Don’t Know”

  • Do you feel as if you should have a definitive answer for every question—to be an expert on any topic brought to you by a student?
  • What is your comfort level with saying, “I don’t know?” We propose that this is another critical part of being authentic.
  • See also: When to Refer Out