August 22, 2022 - Fall Semester begins
November 21-25, 2022 - Thanksgiving week (No classes)
December 9, 2022 - Fall Semester ends
January 9, 2023 - Spring Semester begins
February 13-17, 2023 - Winter Recess (No classes)
April 3-14, 2023 - Holy Week & Easter Recess (No classes)
May 12, 2023 - Spring Semester ends
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW BIG ARE YOUR CLASSES?
Classes are limited to 12 students so that each will have an opportunity to participate in interactive class discussions and receive ample individual attention.
HOW OFTEN DO CLASSES MEET?
Yearlong classes meet once a week for 90 minutes (Lost Tools) or 75 minutes (IEW).
WHERE DO CLASSES TAKE PLACE?
Classes are conducted via live Zoom meetings.
ARE CLASSES RECORDED?
Yes! All classes are recorded and available to registered students by the end of the day.
HOW DO STUDENTS SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS?
We use Canvas as our online classroom platform, where students will find assignments, files, discussion boards, and everything they’ll need for their classes, and where they will submit homework and receive feedback. Canvas is free for students and easy to use.
WHICH LEVEL OF LOST TOOLS SHOULD MY STUDENT TAKE?
All students new to Lost Tools of Writing must start with Level One. Even seniors in high school have benefited from a year of Lost Tools Level One before heading off to college. Its structure and tools are applicable to a wide variety of writing and thinking in every academic discipline and life.
DOES MY STUDENT NEED PRIOR WRITING EXPERIENCE?
For IEW, students need no prior writing experience. For Lost Tools Level One, students should have had some grammar (parts of speech, parts of sentences, phrases and clauses) and be able to write a simple paragraph. Lost Tools Level Two requires the successful completion of Level One, either with Mrs. Flick or another teacher. If the student is new to Mrs. Flick, a Level One essay must be submitted and permission given for admission to Level Two.
WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK WILL STUDENTS RECEIVE?
Every written assignment turned in on time will be evaluated. For essays, revision requests will be clear and specific, and students will be required to complete all revisions before a completion grade will be given.
WHAT ABOUT GRADES?
Assignments will be corrected and commented upon, and students will be expected to correct and revise accordingly, but at the end, each one will be marked simply complete or incomplete. Parents will receive an evaluation after each semester detailing the skills that were covered and the number of assignments their children completed.
Why do I assess this way? Both IEW and Lost Tools are skills-based writing and thinking courses. Mastery of those skills will come with diligent practice, just as mastery of basketball or violin is the fruit of much repetition. Coaches and music teachers don’t give grades for drills; they patiently watch, listen, instruct, and guide their students in increasingly complex tasks, and ask them to practice many times while the movements become increasingly smoother and more natural. This is what we’re doing with these classes as well: Coaching, guiding, and thinking together to help our students become strong and steady thinkers and communicators. Growth in wisdom and virtue, which is the larger goal we’re aiming at in teaching the art of rhetoric, cannot be measured by a letter grade.
If letter grades are needed for high school transcripts, I will be happy to advise parents on converting my assessments to a grade, but parents have the final say on their children’s grades.
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
Full refunds (minus the nonrefundable $75 registration fee) will be given if a student withdraws before the first day of class. Once class begins, students may withdraw before the third class meeting for a 50% refund. There are no refunds after the third class meeting.