It’s not a matter of unpleasantries, it’s more a matter of false assumptions

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I understand what Chelsea was saying in her blog entry on Hamiton's Essential Literary Terms.  To be quite honest, I’m not sure anyone ever told me what syntax meant either.  I remember the word being thrown around a lot, but no real explanation of its meaning being given.  However, I don’t think it is really a matter of it being fun or not fun to teach.  Honestly, I don’t think some of my teachers cared whether what we were learning was fun or not; they were just concerned if what they were teaching was valuable for the students to know (I would also like to mention that there is probably a way to make syntax fun and interesting).  I think it is more an issue of the teachers assuming that someone else had already explained the term and that students already knew what it was, more than teachers avoiding teaching it.  To me, this is just another warning to me as a future teacher to not assume students know things they might not and to review if at all possible.    

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