Grammar. Over the last few decades, this simple word has spurred a lot of discussion in the field of education about how to teach grammar, which skills to teach when, and even whether or not to teach grammar at all. These are all issues that have been debated by researchers and teachers alike. Little did I know that I, a humble first-year teacher, would become a part of the discussion.
When I first started as a language arts teacher, I attended a conference for teachers of reading and writing. During a session break, I happened to overhear a conversation among teachers about the issue of grammar. Curious and eager to gain insight from more experienced teachers, I began to listen intently. I was quite surprised by what I heard.