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When a student gets stuck on syntax, like a missing semicolon, just fix it for them so they don’t become frustrated.

  • Small syntax errors are not good teachable moments.
  • Forgetting a semicolon, using the number one instead of the letter l (e.g., System.out.print1n instead of System.out.println), indentation issues, etc., can be extremely frustrating for students and it’s something they just have to learn over time.
  • Thus, letting them stay stuck for an extended period of time over a small syntax error is not in their best interest.
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