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>> this school was started by parents of kids with special needs. the goal -- to give them an environment where they can grow, learn, and socialize at their own pace. >> we have kids from kind of all walks of life. >> the students atynamic d community charter school get an individualized education with project-based lessons. this means that they learn with hands-on activities like art, acting in plays, and even listening to th music.e school recently adopted a popular song by an up-and-coming new york band as their school anthem. >> we have a mom who is homebound for health issues, and she was scanning around on her computer... >> i don't wanna be typical no-o, i just want to be me >> ...and she found e beso mnge." "i just wanntha well, when she listened to it, she started to cry 'cause her son is pretty autistic, has had a really rough time, and the >> oh, yeah, i'm standing on a...
the band six stories told.l, from the title alone, >> wel you can tell it's just saying peop want to be themselves,le and a lot of the kids at the school here have not been leab to be themselves ithe previousn environments -- just public schools, or they had to be homeschooled because of thei dirfferences, of their little quirks. and i couldn't feel like i belonged anywhere until i came to this school. >> bailey has made a complete transformati iton.'s just staggering to me the changes i've seen in him. academically, his grades have gone up by two letter grades because he feels built up, and he has trust in these teachers, and he knows that they support them. >> since coming to dynamic, many of the students have excelled not only academically, but sowell. cially as >> i love dynamic because everybody here just -- we're all like family here. we're the dynamic dragons. we accept each other for who we are. we don't judge each other. >> unlike the other schools i
here, i have a lot of fun, not as stressful, not as crowded. it's just -- i love it here. >> the kids have really grown since the beginning of the year. there's a couple different students who have grown very largely in social behaviors, where, just having a classroom of friends that might be older or higher functioning versus lower functioning, these kids are getting mentorships. >> what's your name? >> davie. >> nice to meet you. i'm tyler. >> when six stories rnedtold lea the school had adopted "i just wanna be me" as their anthem, the band decided to pay them a visit. >> thank you guys so much for having us at your school, for letting us come here and meet you. i wa so excited. i've been iting for, like,wa months for this. >> six stories told is coming, and they're gonna be playing our school song, which is "i just wanna be me." >> "just wanna be me" in a nutshell is about being comfortable with who you are. >> the kids were ecstatic to meet and talk with the band members. >> "i recently heard our sc hool's new theme song. although i love country music
really good." this is exactly the venue where we wanted "i just wanna be me" to end up because it's about self-acceptance and self-worth, and i love that, going through the school, you feel that the second you walk in the doors. >> so, the second we pulled up in front of the school, we realized right away it was a really unique environment. it offers an environment for each and every single individual inside the school to feel welcomed, comfortable, socially accepted, and happy. >> he-e-e-e-e-y ooh, i love you so [ singing indistinctly ] seeing their smiles and how our music has impacted them, it's just a great feeling, so we're really happy to be a part of this. who out here is ready to hear "i just wanna be me"? >> finally, the moment everyone was waiting for... >> so, they're gonna play, and you guys are gonna play. >> but this performance was extra special... >> [ singing indistinctly ] >> ...because it involved the students. >>
no-o, i just wanna be me ust wanna be me >> >> see-through, invisible just wanna be me no-o, i >> there's so many things that are special about this school, but i think the most important thing for this population of students is that they've found a community. >> dynamic community has always been an innovative idea in north carolina. there is no other special-needs school that's public. >> [ vocalizing ] i just wanna be me-e-e-e-e-e >> whoo! >> sadly, since doing this report, we learned that the school was forced to close due to lack of funding. hopefully, the students will keep thriving wherever they end up by continuing to believe the message of the song they love, "i just wanna be me." >> six stories told has come a long way since "teen kids news" first reported on them.
>> exams and tests make many of us a bit hyper, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. getting the heart pumping helps us get energized and puts us on our toes, but, as scott reports, if tests make you far more than just a bit hyper, that can be a bad thing. >> before a big test, i feel nervous, anxious. >> before, really nervous -- after, extremely nervous if i failed or not. >> i get really nervous, and i fe like i'm gonna fail.el >> they're describing what experts call "test anxiety." it's a serious issue for manyents. stud to understand it and to deal with it, we're turning to an expert -- psychologist dr. dena rabinowitz. hi. >> hi. how are you? >> i'm good. thank you. first of all, what is test anxiety?
student gets very nervous oror durin fearful either before g a test, and it interferes with their ability to perform the way they would otherwise. >> does that mean we actually don't get the highest scores we could get because of test anxiety? >> it does. test anxiety interferes in many different ways. when you're anxious, you can't concentrate and focus, and so it creates problems studying and preparing for the test, and, during the test, it makes it hard to focus on the test questions and getting good answers down on the piece of paper. also, it can make you feel all these different physical symptoms like nausea orzziness so that, again, it's di hard to focus on the test and how you want to perform. >> who's most likely to experience test anxiety? >> anybody can have test anxiety, but the most likely students to experience it are ones who either worry a lot about general issues or about academics in particular or kids who like to be perfect and focus on really high grades and doing really well in school. >> how can we tell if we have
test? >> everybody gets anxious once in awhile, and everybody can get anxious before or during a test, but students with test anxiety get far more anxious than the average student, and they get anxious a lot longer and before the test, so ich moret's a mu extreme form of the normal anxiety that everybody else feels. >> in your opinion, has test anxiety actually increased in recent years? >> i think it has. i think that there's been a lot of focus lately on tests and standardized tests and teaching to the tests for teachers. and so, when teachers talk about a test and how important it is, it increases how nervous kids get about that particular test and makes test anxiety that much harder.will >> when we return, dr. dena give us some tips on dealing
i'm not nervous anymore 'cause i know i'm prepared. >> chew a lot of gum, chew on the top of the pens... just try to get through it. >> study with friends, like, have a study group, and just think positive. think the best. >> w e're talking with psychologist rabinowitz. dr. dena so, for those of us who may have test anxiety, what are some of the things we can do to overcome >> there's a couple th it?ings you can do that will really help. the best thing is to be prepared. if you have laid out your time well, have good study skills, and don't procrastinate before the test, you'll be more ready for the test and feel more confident in your ability to do well. a good night's sleep is also really important, as is eating a meal beforehand so that you don't go in on an empty stomach and feel all those nauseousterfly in the "butstomach" feelings. >> how about relaxation techniques? do the work? >> they do. relaxation techniques are really, really helpful. there's a couple really good ones that you can use before a test to help you relax both your
the first is called "diaphragmatic breathing," which is just another way of saying deep breathing. the way you do it is you breathe in deeply through your nose for about two seconds and then breathe out through your mouth for about three seconds in a slow, steady manner. it looks something like this -- [ breathes deeply ] when you do that, it gives your body a chance to calm down, and it makes the anxiety slightly less. another good technique is called "progressive muscle relaxation," where you focus on a muscle group that's really tense and help it relax. so, for example, i get tense in my shoulders. when i do that, i raise my shoulders up like this, feel the tension in that area, and then release it and feel my wholet. body relax a little bi the last thing you can do is a visualization technique in which you just imagine yourself in a more calm, pleasant place, maybe like walking along the beach or hanging out with your friends, and so you're not focusing, in
and the stress that causes and have a more calm and pleasant experience. >> well, what if these techniques don't work? at what point should a student seek help, and who should they go to? >> if you find that your test anxiety is constant, if it's before every test and it's really interfering with your ability to do well, to feel good about yourself, and to study for your tests and perform, that's the time to seek help. there are people in the school who can help you with this like teachers and guidance counselors or you can talk to your parents. they can then decide if you need to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist who can diagnose and treat the test anx ie ty .>> any final words of advice? >> i think it's really important for students to remember that the purpose of a test is to see if you know the material. one single test is not gonna determine the course of your whole life or whether you get into college. so stay in the moment, try to relax, do the best you can, and don't worry about it so much. >> thank you, dr. dena. you've given us a lot of great information. >> you're welcome.
>> while we can't stop teachers from giving us tests, we can work on stopping tests from giving us stress. prepare, visualize, and breath. [ breathing deeply ] >> looking at your phone before you fall asleep may actually asleep. this is because your phone screen mimics the light that the sun produces, tricking your brain into thinking it's daytime. and it's the same for all electronics. so avoid late-night gaming, internet surfing, or watching tv. the experts say you should turn off all electronics at least 15 minutes before going to sleep. sweet dreams. >> there's lots more ahead on away.
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>> let's check in with the culinary institute of america for this week's great recipe. >> when you think of a snack that has avocados, i bet you immediately think of guacamole. well, today we're gonna be making an avocado hummus with homemade pita chips. let's get the first thstarted.ing you're gonna do is take your avocado. only use a knife if you have your parents' permission. and you're gonna take the top off just likthis.e and using your knife, you're going to slowly go through the top, until you feel the pit right in the middle, and move the avocado around the knife. just like that. really careful -- put the knife into the pit and give it a little wiggle around until it
and you just take your spoon and get this out like that. put it right in the garbage. okay, now we're gonna take the avocado and scoop it right into a food processor. just like that. and i already have another one cut up right after. there's two avocados. next thing you're gonna do is gonna drain a you're 15-ounce can of chickpeas, and you're gonna put that right in here. okay. and then three cloves of crushed garlic. and two teaspoons of tahini. tahini is just like a sesame paste. okay, lock in your food
gonna put it on high. gonna take a little while tong. incorporate everythi okay, now you're gonna slowly stream in two teaspoons ofemon l juice. okay. then you're gonna slowly stream in extra virgin olive oil until it's smooth. okay. then you're gonna add some salt. just do that. now we're going to remove the
blade. put that in the sink. and then scoop it all into a bowl. this looks so good. just like that. okay. and there's your dip. now we're gonna get started on the pita chips. so, first thing you're gonna do is you're going to need a round about this big, and you can pitanto eight wedg cut it ies, and you're gonna line them on a baking sheet. make sure you oven is set to 350 degrees fahrenheit. then, with a brush, you're gonna
brush it right over the top just like that. it gives it a nice brown color when you put it in the oven. okay. next, you're gonna take some chili powder. if you don't want it be too spicy, you don't have to add too much. we just sprinkle it over the top just like that. okay, some salt. and for a little bit of flavor, we're going to zest some lime over the top. just watch your fingers on this. be very careful. okay, next, we're gonna put it into a 350-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. our pita chips have been cooking for about 15 minutes. let's go check on how they're
okay, nice and golden-brown. perfect. these are gonna be hot, so, with tongs, put them onto a plate. let's give it a try. mmm! that's really good. at the culinary institute of america, for "teen kids news," i'm nicole. >> that sure looks delicious. for all of us here at "teen kids news," have a great