This past semester I was student teaching in a 9th grade English class, and when I asked the teacher what kinds of grammar lessons he used, he said "I just correct them when they use words wrong. I don't think grammar can exactly be taught, you just have to learn it through reading and speaking." If I hadn't been so nervous in my new position I would have asked for some evidence to back up his point, which, though it bothered me, made me think. I never stopped thinking about it, especially while reading student work. Then one day a B/B+ student raised his hand and asked what a noun was. At that point I insisted on teaching a grammar lesson every week. I had to start with the absolute basics because, apparently, this particular school system (and I'm sure many others) swept the teaching of mechanics under the rug and let the red marks on writing assignments do the "teaching." Any thoughts?