I don’t know if my intuition is right, but I think I had my students attention today. It was nerve-wracking, i admit, but we brainstormed most of the elements of the classroom discourse to date, and I tried to package it. I got help on the thesis statement from Luke and “Jane”. Someone hollered out that it’s not just speech we’ve been discussing, but “the power of” public speech. I know I missed some things, and the conclusion came more on the fly than is advisable (!), but time was running out and it had to be done.