Phases of Teaching: Pre-active, Interactive and Post-active Phase

Phases of Teaching: Pre-active, Interactive and Post-active Phase

Phases and Variables of Teaching


Teaching is an important part of the process of education. Its special function is to impart knowledge, develop understanding and skills. Teaching is associated with 7 R’s. teaching is an integral part of the process of education. It is a system of actions intended to induce learning. In teaching, an interaction occurs between the teachers and the students, by which the students are diverted towards their goal.

Teaching can be considered as the art of assisting another to learn by providing the information and appropriate situations, conditions or activities. It is a process by which one person helps other in the achievement of knowledge, skill and aptitudes. 

Anatomy/Structure/Variables of Teaching-

Teaching consists of three variables, which operate in the phases of teaching and determines the nature and format of learning conditions or situations. They are: –

i.                     Independent variables (The Teacher)

ii.                   Intervening variables (Learning experience)

iii.                 Dependent Variables (The Student)

Teacher as an Independent Variable-

The teacher plays the role of independent variables. Students are dependent on him in the teaching process. The teacher does the planning, organizing, leading and controlling of teaching for bringing about behavioral change in the students. He is free to perform various activities for providing learning experience to students.

Content and methodology of presentation as intervening variables: -

The intervening variables lead to interaction between the teacher and the students. The content determines the mode of presentation- telling, showing and doing etc.

Students as Dependent Variable

The students are required to act according to the planning and organization of the teacher. Teaching activities of the teacher influence the learning of the students.

Phases of Teaching


Teaching is a complex task. For performing this task, a systematic planning is needed. Teaching is to be considered in terms of various steps and the different steps constituting the process are called the phases of teaching. If we want to obtain a complete description of the teaching activities, we must consider what the teacher does before, during and after his regular teaching in the class.

We can divide the teaching act into three phases as shown below: –

a.       Pre-active Phase or the Planning Phase

b.       Inter-active Phase or the Implementation Phase

c.       Post-active Phase or Evaluation Phase.

Pre-active Phase of Teaching

In the pre-active phase of teaching, the planning of teaching is carried over. This phase includes all those activities which a teacher performs before classroom teaching or before entering into the classroom.

Pre-active consists essentially of the planning of a lesson. The planning of lesson needs to be seen in broader terms, not merely the designing of a lesson plan. Planning includes identifying the objectives to be achieved in terms of students learning, the strategies and methods to be adopted, use of teaching learning aids and so on.

Planning is done for taking decision about the following aspects: –

i.                     Selection of the content to be taught.

ii.                   Organization of the content.

iii.                 Justification of the principles and maxims of teaching to be used.

iv.                 Selection of the appropriate methods of teaching.

v.                   Decision about the preparation and usage of evaluation tools.

Suggested activities in the Pre-active Phase:-

a.       Determining goals or objectives: – First of all, the teacher determines the teaching objectives which are then defined in terms of expected behavioral change. Thus, he ascertains the teaching objectives and what changes he expects in the students by achieving these objectives. These objectives are determined according to the psychology of the pupils and needs of the school and society.

b.       Selection of the content to be taught: – After fixing the teaching objectives, the teacher makes decision about that content which is to be presented before the pupils and as a result he wants to bring the changes in their behavior. This decision is taken by the teacher by considering the following points: –

i.                     Level, needs and importance of the curriculum proposed by the teacher for the students.

ii.                   The expected terminal behavior of the students.

iii.                 Level and mode of motivation be used for the students.

iv.                 Selection of appropriate instrument and methods the teacher should use to evaluate the knowledge related to the content.

c.     Sequencing the elements of content for presentation: – After making selections regarding the contents to be presented to the students, the teacher arranges the elements of content in a logical and psychological manner, so that these arrangements of content may assist in transfer of learning.

d.   Selection about the instructional methodology:- After sequencing the contents, the teacher makes decision regarding the proper methods and strategies by keeping in view the contents, entering behavior and the level of the students.

e.   How and when of teaching strategies:- Decision making regarding the teaching methods and strategies for presenting the sequenced contents to the students is not sufficient. So the teacher should also decide how and when he will make use of the previously selected method and strategy during the classroom teaching.

Interactive Phase of Teaching

The second phase includes the execution of the plan, where learning experiences are provided to students through suitable modes.

An instruction is a complex process by which learners are provided with a deliberately designed environment to interact with, keeping in focus pre-specified objectives of bringing about specific desirable changes whether instruction goes in a classroom, laboratory, outdoors or library, this environment is specially designed by a teacher so that students interact with certain specific environmental stimuli, like natural components (outdoor), information from books, certain equipment (laboratory) etc. Learning is directed in pre-determined directions to achieve certain pre-specific goals. This does not, however, mean that, in the pre-determined environment no learning other than what a teacher ha decided upon as instructional objectives does not take place. The variety of experiences that students go through with a teacher, among themselves provide learning opportunities. 

All those activities which are performed by a teacher after entering in a class are clubbed under inter-active phase of teaching. Generally, these activities are concerned with the presentation and activities are concerned with the presentation and delivery of the content in a class. The teacher provides pupil verbal stimulation of various kinds, makes explanations, ask questions, listen to the student’s response and provide guidance.

The following are the activities suggested for the inclusion in the inter-active phase:- 

i.            Sizing-up the class: – As the teacher enters the classroom, first of all he/she perceives the size of the class. He/she throws his/her eyes on all the pupils of the class in a few moments. He comes to know the pupils who can help him/her in his/her teaching and the pupil who can create a problem for him as a result of this perception.

In the same way, the students can feel the personality of the teacher. Hence, at this stage the teacher should look like a teacher. He/she should exhibit of course in a veiled manner. In a nutshell, the teacher should appear as an efficient and impressive personality.

ii.        Knowledge of learners: – After having a feeling of class-size, the teacher makes efforts to know how much the new comers or pupils have previous knowledge. The teacher tries to know the abilities, interests and attitudes and academic background of learners.


The teacher starts teaching activities after diagnosing, by questioning regarding action and reaction. Two types of activities are involved here in the teaching –

a.       Initiation

b.       Response

Both these activities are known as verbal interaction. Both these activities occur between the teacher and the students. In other words, when a teacher performs some activities, the student reacts or when students perform some activities, the teacher reacts. This way the inter-action in the teaching take place.

The teacher performs the following activities in order to analyze the nature of verbal and non-verbal inter-action of teaching activities:-

i.                     Selection and presentation of stimuli

ii.                   Feedback and reinforcement

iii.                 Deployment of strategies.

Selection and presentation of stimuli

The teacher should select the appropriate stimulus as soon as the situation arises and an effect should be made to control the undesired activities to create the situation and for desired activities.

Feedback and reinforcement

Feedback or reinforcement is that condition which increases the possibility for accepting a particular response in future. These conditions may be of two types: –

a.       Positive reinforcement

b.       Negative Reinforcement

Reinforcement is used for three purposes. These are: –

a.       For strengthening the response

b.       For changing the response

c.       For modifying or correcting the response.

Development of strategies

The teaching activities are directly related to the learning conditions. Therefore, at the time of
interaction, the teacher produces such activities and conditions by the reinforcement strategies which effect the activities of the pupil.

Major operations of inter-active phase are –

a.       Perception

b.       Diagnosis

c.       Response

Perception: – Interaction process demands an appropriate perception on the part of teacher as well as the students. When a teacher enters the class, his first activity is concerned with a perception of the classroom climate. He tries to weigh himself, his abilities for teaching against the class group. Similarly, students also try to have perception of the abilities, behavior and personality characteristics of the teacher.

Diagnosis: – A teacher tries to access the achievement level of his students with regards to their abilities, interest and aptitude. The teacher can ask several questions to know how far students know about the topic.

Reaction/Response:- Under this stage, teacher observes the students that how they respond to the teacher’s question. The student has to learn the proper way of reacting and responding to the various stimuli and teaching techniques presented to it. This phase is responsible for establishing appropriate verbal and non-verbal classroom interaction between teacher and pupils.

Post-active Phase of Teaching-

Post-active phase is the one that involves teacher’s activities such as analyzing evaluation results to determine student’s learning, especially their problems in understanding specific areas, to reflect on the teaching by self, and to decide on the necessary change to be brought into the system in the next instructional period.

The post-active phase concerns with the evaluation activities. This can be done in number of ways including tests or quizzes or by observing student’s reaction of question, comments, structures and instructed situations.

In this phase, as the teaching task sums up, the teacher asks questions to the pupils, verbally or in written form, to measure the behavior of the pupils so that their achievements may be evaluated correctly.

The following activities are suggested in the post-active phase of teaching—

a.       Defining the exact dimensions of the changes caused by teaching.

b.      Selecting appropriate testing devices and techniques.

c.       Changing the strategies in terms of evidences gathered.

Defining the exact dimensions of the changes caused by teaching: –

Defining the exact dimensions of the changes caused by teaching: –

At the end of teaching, the teacher defines the exact dimensions of changes in the behavior as a result of teaching. This is termed as criterion behavior. For this, the teacher compares the actual behavioral changes in the students with their expected behavioral changes. If he observes the desired behavioral changes in the maximum numbers of pupils, he concludes that his teaching strategies and tactics worked effectively with the help of which teaching objectives have been achieved.

Selecting appropriate testing devices and techniques: –

The teacher selects those testing devices and techniques to compare the actual behavioral change with the desired behavioral change which are reliable and valid and which can evaluate the cognitive and non-cognitive aspects of the pupils. Therefore, criterion tests are more preferred than the performed tests.

Changing the strategies in terms of evidences gathered: –

While by using the reliable and valid testing devices, the teacher gets the knowledge regarding the performances of pupils and attainment of objectives on one hand, and on the other hand, he also gets clarity regarding his instruction, teaching strategies and tactics. He also comes to know about the required modification in the teaching strategies and situation along with the drawbacks of his teaching in order to achieve the teaching objectives. In this way, through evaluation, the teaching activities are diagnosed and this can be made effective by necessary modification and change in them.

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