Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here we are posing near the ground tackle (anchor chains) just forward of the two sixteen inch mounts. Each of the projectiles weighed more than 2000 pounds and could land some 22 miles away within ten feet of the target. This is awsome considering that the fire control systems employed on this Battleship were 1938/1939 technology.
Monday, June 22, 2009
- Identify the skills to be integrated into effective education
- Examine and realize the impact Arts in Education
- Development of a method for effective teaching
- Engage Scholars/Students in the learning process
- Interact with others
Dr. Fritz Mengert was introduced as the keynote speaker and he presented everyone with a paper which summed up his presentation. You can learn more about him at:
He discussed how a new born quickly realizes the following:
- Responds to movements - patterns
- Responds to smell - senses - learns the smell of the parents and other family members
- Responds by trusting - learns who can be trusted - the sense of touch
The Brain develops:
Patterns - as a child matures the patterns of life, such as walking, dancing, etc.
Smell - this sense is transmitted directly to the brain. Smell is a bonding experience. What do the people around a new life smell like?
Touch - any parent can tell you that a baby will respond to touching. Of major importance is stroking the backbone. This stimulates the brain. We all also know that the act of rocking a baby is a positive activity.
As a baby matures they must be able to talk and walk at the same time. This is a stable brain at work. It is known that language makes the brain work.
Therefore we now know that vocabulary is critical to a properly developing brain.
He concluded this segment with this comment:
"Movement, Sound, Smell and Vocabulary is critical for brain development."
In order to develop a brain the child must be exposed to the Arts. Reading to a child is also vital. In this regard, read something that is exciting and of interest to the child.
Education that works right is all about the arts.
Well educated children are able to ask questions. This is also vital. Teach students to ask questions. "The brain runs the show." In former times it was thought that the heart runs the body.
Teachers have the vital rold of building brain health. That stated, the whole process begins in the home.
Parents and Teachers must teach a child:
- Who they are
- Where they are
- Instill the concept that everyone is their Brother's keeper
Thus Piano/Dance/Drawing accelerate brain development. Movement/Color/Line Art is critical to brain development and also reading readiness.
Dr. Mengert concluded by letting us all know that Boys develope slower. They must be able to run and balance before they can be effective readers.
Everyone needs to read interesting stuff and focus on "What I want to know."
We have bright kids, but we are challenged to teach interesting stuff.
To recap the statement concerning "Who they are/Where they are/Being a brother's Keeper" we can rephrase to this:
- Be Smart.
- Be Curious
- Be Nice
We the adults and education leaders need to "understand arts are critical to the brain."
I was glad that Mr Bullard from the Bibb System was in attendance. I was shocked to realize that not one of the eight members of the Bibb County Board of Education were not there. Admittedly, several have full time employment.
Just days prior to this "2009 Arts Advocacy Breakfast" everyone in Georgia learned that the three highest scoring High Schools in the State had strong "Arts Components" in their educational scheme. I would have thought that our duly elected leaders would have cared enough to attend this informative event.
The flowering shrub in this post is a Vitex which is a part of the landscaping at Bibb County's Vineville Academy of the Arts.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Chief Petty Officer Thiese shown here during his tour of duty in USS John Paul Jones (DDG-32. The John Paul Jones was in the Long Beach Shipyard for a regular overhaul in 1976. The site of this picture was outside of Navy Housing in San Pedro, California.
NORFOLK, Va. (June 12, 2009) Family members await the return of Electronics Technician 3rd Class Louis Catanzaro aboard USS Nashville (LPD 13), returning after a five-month deployment. Nashville served as the Africa Partnership Station for the U.S. Africa Command in the U.S. Sixth Fleet Area of Responsibility providing maritime security operations throughout the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa. This is the last deployment before decommissioning of the Nashville. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Suits/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 9, 2009) Capt. K.J. Norton, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), left, salutes Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Noel Myers as he holds the flag that was presented to him after his father was laid to rest during a burial at sea ceremony aboard the ship. Ronald Reagan is on a routine deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)
I can recall one burial at sea ceremony during my tour of duty in the USS Ranger (CVA-61). It was a very emotional and memorable event.
Yes, the return from a deployment and a burial at sea are certainly memorable "Homecoming " events in the life of a Sailor and his Family.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Of course there were older automobiles on display. This one also sports a blue oval. While I did not stay around for the judging to be complete I did enjoy the show and appreciate what the exhibitors do to assist in raising funds for Macon's Historic Fort Hawkins - The Birthplace of Macon, Georgia.
Friday, June 12, 2009
After an appropriate afternoon nap she had our outline etched on concrete by her Grand Mother with a chalk sketch.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Of course no Camp is complete without a "Water Break" for the Campers and even the volunteers.
Friday, June 05, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
" Members of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team and members of U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and security Team 91112 conduct maritime security operations."
All of us in the United States can be very proud of our Warriors who are currently serving our Country and all freedom loving peoples of the world in "The War on Terrorism." As you can ascertain from the information from the first picture of this post, this operation is not just being conducted by the United States Navy.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Yesterday I wrote a rather long Post about Citizen Satisfaction. This image certainly reinforces my comments. See the quote from the Website which displayed this image: