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In the Mix

What's Normal: Overcoming Obstacles and Stereotypes (#442)

Most teens are concerned about being "normal" and "fitting in." But what if you also have to cope with being different in some way? In this program, teens speak out honestly and show how they live with physical problems that include learning disabilities, deafness, and loss of a leg. We also meet teens living in foster care group homes and gay teens who face their own challenges. By getting to know the people behind the stereotypes and how they want to be treated, viewers gain empathy and a new understanding of what "normal" really means. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Information For Teachers

Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Social Studies
Series Length
54 episodes
Average Episode Length
28 minutes
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Series Description: IN THE MIX is the series that "manages to be both hip and responsible." The series' single-theme episodes offer solution-oriented examinations of critical issues and profiles of model programs that provide teens with information needed to make thoughtful decisions. Also highlighted are the accomplishments of young people of diverse backgrounds, providing much needed positive role models.

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