Nissa has to explain to the Group B students why they failed their projects.

That night was going to be a difficult night. Nissa was going to have to explain to the Group B students why they failed their projects. It is never good to have to tell children that they failed, but what made it even worse was that she did not think that they did bad. In a way, she blamed herself because, maybe if she knew more, it wouldn’t be like this.

Nissa took out the grading sheets, and said, “As all of you know, you failed both the carpet project and the boat project. I did not think that you did that bad, but compared to the standards that the judges set, you did not do as well as you could have. The judges wrote that there was a lack of organization. They stated that there was a poor execution of the information.” She sat there for a moment, waiting to see how the students would react.

None of the students said anything. For the first time, they were speechless. They seemed to be just as disappointed as she was, if not, more. They had tried their hardest and they did not understand why they had failed.

Nissa said, “Don’t worry, this was all new. With practice, it can be better.” Mandy said, “But what if it can’t be better?” Sarah said, “I didn’t think it was that bad!” Brittany Salerno said, “But we worked so hard.” Nissa finally said, “Mandy, don’t think like that. It can be better. No Sarah, it was not that bad. And yes, Brittany, you all did work hard. This is just one of the things we are going to face when we present these projects. The important thing is to know how to deal with it.” The problem was, she did not believe what she was saying.

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