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@NCTE12 Saturday

O.K., so maybe I was crazy to think that I would be able to publish a blog post every day of the NCTE conference starting Thursday.  Although I did publish something quick on Thursday I wrote nothing yesterday.  Not only is the wifi connection unpredictable in the convention center, but yesterday I left my hotel room at 7:30 am and didn't return till after 9:30 pm.  Thinking I could get some work done, I took a hot shower and got into bed with my computer.  By 10:00 I was fast asleep.

Today was a similarly busy day except that I was able to take a break for a couple of hours.

I haven't taken too many notes at the sessions I've attended but I have a lot of ideas percolating in my brain.  Since I have a long plane ride back to Quito I will be sorting out some of these ideas to figure out how they connect to my particular situation.  The sessions I attended have allowed me to make connections, ask questions, and reflect on the teaching and learning process thoughtfully and critically.  I will be posting more about this next week.


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Is it too late?

She tries to stare me down.
Get my attention.
Let me know that she is there.
I never look,
though I am tempted.
I watch the video and
keep my gaze steady
the whole time.

In the hallways, she smiles now.
A mocking smile.
A smile that says, "I'll get you."
"You think you've won,
but this isn't over yet."

She walks around the school,
with her entourage,
and stealthily commands
their attention.

How does an early adolescent
amass so much power and
lead the rest astray?

Someone said that a person's
behaviour is set by age 8.
Is this why no one attempts to reach her?
Everyone has given up?
Settled in?
Found a comfortable spot from which to view
her world?

But, I refuse to accept that there's nothing
that can be done.
Is it too late?

It's never too late.

Cross posted to Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life.