Good morning, Followers -
Each year, I receive emails from students, teachers, and even some grandparents of cadets asking if I am getting enough sleep. This year, people are especially concerned because they know that the ship will not be making any port stops. They fear that I will be working on the Bridge for three weeks straight.
There is no need to worry. I am getting plenty of sleep. At all times, there are cadets on the Bridge, supervised by a crew member. Because this is a training ship, cadets are given an opportunity to participate in all aspects of navigation.
My room is just one deck below the Bridge. There is a sound powered telephone by my bed that can wake me instantly. Cadets are encouraged to call with questions. I probably receive a few nighttime calls each week.
I never give a cadet or a crew member a hard time for waking me up. I would, however, be upset if I discovered that a problem had occurred and someone had chosen not to call. I do not like surprises. Often a problem can be solved over the phone and I can go right back to sleep. If not, I dash up the stairs and arrive on the Bridge in less than a minute. Cadets often call if they see an odd light or if the weather suddenly changes.
When I am on the Bridge during the day or at night, I expect cadets to keep working. I don't want the m to think, "Oh, the Captain is here. He's in charge now. I can step back and let him do the work."
When I am on the Bridge, my role is to offer advice and guide the cadets. Cadets won't learn if they let me take over. I am sure that the same is true in your classroom. Your teacher's role is to provide tips on how to solve a problem and guide you towards success. I am guessing that he or she would never grab your pencil and finish solving the problem while you push back your chair and relax. You must learn to solve the problem on your own. That's how it is here aboard the TS Kennedy.
Have a good day. Work as hard as a cadet.
Captain Michael J. Campbell