Critically Thinking about “The Mighty” -Discussion 1
Getting caught outside when a sudden brainstorm hits is the most wonderful place to be
for a critical thinker. I strongly suggest you read this slowly more than once. Truly read it closely and carefully. Read it critically if you will.
You may have realized from your initial blog interaction that critical thinking is more than just accepting things as they are. It is looking under the surface.
Thinking for a critical thinker begins with actively paying attention to exactly where you are when you are there; it begins by living in the moment. The critical thinker begins by recognizing what is real.
Life gains depth for a critical thinker when s/he looks beyond what is evident. The critical thinker asks questions; any and all questions that arise. Critical thinking is allowing new ideas and new perspectives to occur and counting them as valuable.
You are an individual and as a critical thinker your personal perspective is very important. For critical thinking, however, you must be willing to accept that your perspective, your view of the world, can and should change. In fact, critical thinking requires change as often as it can happen. For a critical thinker change equals growth – most of the time.
You must be willing to grow, and growth requires that you be openminded: Openminded to share your thoughts, openminded to accept others’ thoughts, and openminded to change your own when the opportunity presents itself.
While watching the movie excerpt, a critical thinker did not just watch. Here are questions & thoughts that occured for me while I watched the film excerpt, and where those thoguhts went after I began to include them in this blog:
I asked questions and those questions prompted more and I recorded my thoughts while viewing, and they led to whereever I would allow them to lead:
Gandolfini – the Sopranos – I don’t watch it. Too violent for my taste and too superficial.
What’s an ornithopter? Huh? Sounds like something I’d hear on Stargate – makes me think of space travel and the theory of black holes. . . I remember seeing the Disney movie “The Black Hole” when I was very young. They only thought that black holes could possibly exist back then, now they have evidence of them. My! How the world changes (why would I think that I should not change if the world changes so frequently?)
What did Kevin mean when he asked, “What’s the matter? Never seen a robot before?” Robots are real things – when i was young though they weren’t.
Why does Kevin, “Freak”, value the legend of King Arthur so much?
—-NOT ALL OF MY QUESTIONS NEED TO BE ANSWERED NOW. I CAN LEAVE THEM SOME OPEN AND BEGGING FOR ANSWERS TOO. I CAN GET ANSWERS OR EXPLORE QUESTIONS AS I SEE FIT. IN SELECTING WAHT QUESTIONS I WANT TO EXPLORE, I MAKE THE PROCESS OF CRITICAL THINKING PERSONAL AND SELF-DISCIPLINED. I GROW IN THE DIRECTION I WILL ALLOW MYSELF TO GROW IN, AND IN DOING THAT I BECOME TRULY AN INDIVIDUAL.—-
What is Max keeping bottled up inside?
Where is Max’s dad, and how did he get wherever he is?
Where is Max’s mom, and how did she get wherever she is?
Where is Kevin’s dad?
—-AS A CRITICAL THINKER I CAME UP WITH IDEAS – SOMETIMES IDEAS THAT ULTIMATELY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BOOK/FILM.—-
seeing eye dog – are they allowed in schools?
LD – learning disabled – Max said, “reading for dummies” – Is Max right about this? Are “LD” kids actually “dummies” like Max said, or is there more to it than that? I think there must more to it…and so I think about this…What can I do to find out more about this?
a knife!!!!- how could I defend myself, I could run, I could disarm the kid. I could try to avoid situations like this. Since I’ve been teaching I have caught three kids with weapons. and I know of ten instances of weapons being found on campus. what should be done about kids who bring weapons to school? Is there an appropriate time to use a weapon? Not for me. But that is just for me. I could go on and on with this topic.
—-THE CRITICAL THINKER SEARCHES AND SEARCHES FOR MORE AND MORE INFORMATION . . . . AND THEN MORE!- QUESTION, FIND ANSWERS AND THEN FORM NEW QUESTIONS. REPEAT THIS PROCESS AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. THAT’S CRITICAL THINKING.—-
AND THAT IS THE END OF MY EXAMPLE
So the critical thinker wonders, “How do I take the stuff I simply read in a book, see in a film, and use it to grow? What do I think about the world? And why? Yes why? HOW HAVE I BECOME WHO I AM?
-Now, take out the sheet of paper you used in class while viewing the first part of “The
-Look at what you wrote down.
-Remember, do not read other’s comments until you have posted your own. This is very important if you are to grow in your own direction.
-Open the comments and begin to enter your comment.
- Name: Enter your First Name and Period #- DO NOT ENTER YOUR FULL NAME!!!
- E-mail Address: Enter an alternate e-mail address – DO NOT ENTER YOUR MAIN ONE.
- COMMENTS: Begin by typing in what you have on your page from class today.
Then go in and extend your ideas. Let the thoughts grow and let your ideas
find a direction for anything you feel like writing further on. Explore things you have written down. You don’t have to extend every idea, only the ones you want to extend.
AFTER you have posted your own comments you may go ahead and respond/discuss with others their thoughts.
You are welcome to comment on my own example.
Remember to be polite and respectful.
Do not think of yourself as better than anybody.
You are not the spell checker (I am).
Share your thoughts.
Do not judge one another!
Some of the things I wrote down was that it seemed like it had to do a lot with King Arthur. The movie started to form around King Arthur. I also wanted to know why there was a band named meatloaf. Weird!! Why would they choose that for a name? What did Max’s father do to get in jail and why did he do this? Also what did Dinasaur brain have to do with the story?
the thing i wrote one when i was watching to movie was:
where is Max’s parents?
Why do they call Max Kane?
Why does Blade make fun of Max if max didn’t do any thing?
How did Kevin become crippled?
was he born like that or what?
There are lots of things this the movie and the book have lead me to ask and then go beyond the perspective i think critical thinking has been stuck in my head during the movie/book cause i would never go beyond the box but the questions i gathered from the movie/book were. . .
~ Could he be living in New York?
~Am i the only one who thought those houses were from War Of The Worlds?
~What was the name of the painting that was featuring a woman and a man on a farm holding a pitch fork?
~What is the cause of Max’s mother’s death?
~Why didn’t the father take care of max, whats the cause did he not make enough money or is it the father is a bad example towards max ?
~What caused Kevin’s impaired ability to walk?
~Where does all this courage come from in such alittle boy?
These are some questions i thought of as i read and watched the movie. : )
As i was watching the movie i was thinking why is Max so uneducated. I was alsothinking why was kevin so smart. I was also thinking how that orinthoper flaps the wings like that.
I agree that a critical thinker has to ask questions to understand what he or she is reading more, however that may be true is there other ways?
When I was watching the movie I was thinking:
Why does Kevin like King Arthur so much?
Are we ever going to finish this movie Mr.Moshe?
Where is the setting?
Is Max really not intelligent?
Is Kevin really that small and smart?
What is going to happen to Blade and his gang?
Will Freak the Mighty be helping everyone?
And is anyone going to be killed?
If anyone knows the answer to anyone of these questions please let me know.
The questions make me curious. Who is Max’s mother or father?Who is even freaks father?Well the book is very interesting and I hope that I will find the answers to those questions. I have learned that Max is not a good reader, but he is determined to read properly. Also he is friendly to Kevin and shy otherwise.Kevin on the other hand is very, well, strong in a sense. He is not afraid of anything really.He is also very smart and serious.
I feel really sad for kevin that he has to live trapped in that body but atleast he is comfortable with who he is but i know he has to have some type of insecurities .Max i feel bad for him because he has to live with a father like that .Max being traumatized for life .but in the end i know they will help each other out .
“freak really smart and MOST of the time knew what to do. the time he didnt was when he called blade a “creten” and thought that max could take him blade and his friends.”
Well atleast Kevin stood up for himself, unlike Max who had no self confidence what so ever. Kevin didnt know that Max was so afraid he thought that Max would have been able to stand his ground. If i were Kevin i probably would have done the same thing, well i think i would have. But i guess its kind of a spur of the moment thing i certaintly wouldnt want to just stand there with mouth open…
This book seems very interesting and i look foward to finishing it. I found put an answer to one of my earlier questions. The question was, what happend to max’s dad. I found out that he is in jail