If your student is performing at or above grade level, use these guidelines:
Level A: grades 3–5 or ages 9–11
Level B: grades 6–9 or ages 12–15
Level C: grades 10+ or ages 16+
If your student has learning challenges, IEW recommends going down a level. IEW does not recommend IEW Online Classes for students younger than nine years old.
What is being taught in the live classes that is not on the videos?
STUDENTS WHO TAKE ONLINE CLASSES FROM IEW BENEFIT IN FOUR WAYS:
WITH ENGAGING INSTRUCTION FROM QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS, STUDENTS RECEIVE LIVE TEACHING THAT REINFORCES AND PROVIDES ADDED INSIGHT INTO THE VIDEO INSTRUCTION.
THROUGH THE LIVE CLASSES, STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM LIVELY INTERACTION WITH OTHER STUDENTS WHILE RECEIVING DIRECTION AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR COMPOSITION AND GRAMMAR ASSIGNMENTS.
THE CLASSES ADD A YEAR OF FIX IT! GRAMMAR, INCLUDING TIPS AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN CLASS.
PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, STUDENTS RECEIVE TIMELY AND HELPFUL FEEDBACK ON EVERY WRITTEN COMPOSITION THEY SUBMIT.
What is the schedule for the semester?
Full year classes meet one day a week for fifteen weeks per semester, with each course lasting two semesters. Class schedules are provided in each class listing. Find classes and their schedules on the enroll page.
Do my students have to know IEW, or must they have taken a class to be able to take IEW online courses?
No, students are not expected to know our method prior to enrolling in our online classes. However, it is important that students take the Fix It! Grammar placement test to ensure the student has an understanding of the grammar concepts presented in the previous level. Take the Fix It! Grammar placement test here.
How are assignments submitted and returned?
Students upload their papers to the Google Classroom as a Google Doc, .doc, or . docx. I will view their work and provide a completed checklist with instructor comments. All final papers must be typed for levels 2A, 1B, or 2B. Handwritten papers are acceptable for 1A only.
If both of my students are taking the same class, do they both need separate computers?
Each student should have access to his or her own computer.* It is not required, but strongly recommended. If you choose to attend class on a mobile device, you will need to install Zoom app. Please keep in mind that classroom interaction is limited when using a mobile device to attend class.
What if we can’t make it due to vacation or sickness?
Please notify the teacher if your student will miss class. When notified, the instructor will record the class so students who miss classes can access a recorded sessions.
How much parental involvement is required?
Parents are to remain the primary educators in their student’s coursework. This means keeping their student on task during class time, reading every assignment before it is turned in (especially with Levels A and B), and ensuring that coursework is properly submitted.
What is the cost?
Tuition varies primarily due to the amount of time needed to evaluate longer assignments at the higher levels. Each class listing includes the cost under the enroll page. Cost considers the time in the live class, time to provide feedback, and access to the tutor for questions throughout the week.
Do I have to attend class with my students?
Parents of Level A students should plan to attend class with their students for two or more class sessions. This is also recommended for older students, but may be unnecessary after the first class. However, parents may be asked to attend class more often if their student needs extra help during class or if screen behavior becomes an issue.
How much time will my child spend outside of class?
In general, an average day of work will last about 30–60 minutes. Of course, this will always vary, depending on the student's needs. There will be roughly 30-45 minutes of video or writing time plus 10–15 minutes for Fix It! Grammar. Middle and high school students will likely need some additional time for the more extensive compositions later in the year. On the day of the student's live class, they will spend about one hour online as the teacher guides them through that day's complete lesson.
How much and how often will you give feedback on my student's papers?
My philosophy on grading is to encourage students while ensuring that they acquire basic abilities and an attention to detail that will serve them throughout life. Prior to submitting their final draft for review, students are required to have an editor review the mechanics of their papers. I give feedback on all final written compositions and return papers to students via the Google Classroom. Feedback is provided based on how the student followed the items on the checklist. Feedback is also used to help praise the student for what they did well and reinforce the grammar rules we are learning in class. For information on IEW's grading guidance, please read the following article.