Author: Pam Crum

St. Patrick’s Day Acrostic Poems from the Students at A Grade Ahead

As St. Patrick’s Day was fast approaching, the students in my 4th grade English class wanted to do a project.  Since we have been working on a poetry unit, we decided that we would use this  theme for our project.  First, we discussed the who, whys, and hows of St. Patrick’s Day.  We talked a […]


Sarah is a graduate of Queens College, in Flushing, New York, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has been with A Grade Ahead for over 3 years. Sarah wears duel hats:, she is a teacher and works in administration as well.  Sarah and I met to talk so I could ask her a few […]

Common Valentine’s Day Traditions for Kids in the U.S.

There are many common Valentine’s Day traditions for kids to follow in the United States. Some of them go back to ancient customs and stories, some of them are new fads, and some are traditions made and kept by individual families. Valentine’s Day Traditions The origin of Valentine’s Day is somewhat of a mystery.  It […]

Ways to Keep Your Kids Active in the Winter

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest that kids should get at least 60 minutes a day of physical exercise per day. With colder temperatures approaching, staying active can be a challenge.  So here are some ways to keep your kids active in the winter. Outdoor Activities to Keep Your Kids Active 1. Build a […]

Why Does My Student’s Teacher Need More Supplies?

Year after year parents are asked to buy more and more items for their child’s school supply needs.  Sometimes, they are even asked to buy more supplies later in the year. Without knowing why teachers need supplies, these requests can be frustrating, yet there can be many reasons that teachers need more supplies. Why Teachers Need […]

Should My Gifted Child Skip a Grade? The Pros & Cons of Skipping a Grade

Almost every parent with a gifted child asks themselves the questions: should my child skip a grade, and how will it affect them? For some gifted students, skipping a grade can have adverse affects to their emotional development as well as their social development.  For others, skipping a grade can be beneficial so that they […]

Do Fidget Spinners Help Kids Focus in Class?

In April of this year, I was teaching class, and I kept hearing, “fwip, fwip, fwip, fwip,” but I wasn’t sure where it was coming from. I looked around and noticed one student spinning something on his desk, and another with his fingers. The students were completely engrossed in the movement of the fidget spinners, […]

How to Transfer an IEP to another School

A parent of a child with a disability has worked with their school to assemble an Individual Education Program (IEP). When the services are decided upon, you have a plan for reaching the child’s goals, and then you learn that you need to transfer your child to another school.  IEP Transfer: Rights & Expectations The […]