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jd2718 is…

a puzzle doer
a math teacher
an active union member (and chapter leader)
a walker
a researcher
a New Yorker (imported from a neighboring state)
a Bronxite (see above)

jd2718 is interested in all of the above stuff
+ bits of science, history, politics
+ urban infrastructure
+ anthropology/archaeology/linguistics/human origins

jd2718 wishes he could travel to more places and cook more things

To contact by e-mail it’s (jd2718 ) – at gmail dot com

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31 Comments leave one →
  1. Gloria permalink
    September 13, 2006 am30 12:59 am 12:59 am

    HI Jonathan,
    A colleague from ICE showed me your blog about Oaxaca. Are you on the UFTers To Stop the War listserv? Do you want to be? If so, send me your e-mail and I will add you to it. We would love to have you. Our next meeting will be on Thurs. 9/28, 5 PM, at the offices of our very own union at 50 Broadway. (They will not be providing dinner, however!)
    Also, there is going to be a demo at the Mexican Consulate on Thurs. 9/21 from 5pm to 6pm to protest the repression against the teachers in Oaxaca. Please spread the word. Hope to hear back from you.

  2. January 17, 2007 am31 9:43 am 9:43 am

    Nice site and awesome Flickr photographs! I’ll definitely be back.

  3. January 17, 2007 am31 9:57 am 9:57 am


    (though the photos are uploaded via wordpress and I made the files too big and used up my allotment, and now I need to start using Flickr).


  4. May 1, 2007 pm31 8:52 pm 8:52 pm

    Dear JD2718,

    Congratulations, you won a Thinking Blogger Award.

    Visit this my blog for more information :)

  5. June 21, 2007 am30 5:21 am 5:21 am

    Hey, interesting posts of yours about Ridgewood…want to come to the burbs for a cocktail party and tell everyone how bad TERC Investigations can be?

    We are getting CMP also in our middle schools.

    We could use some help, statements from teachers always help support our issue or reviews on the new versions of these old dogs.

    Write us if you’ve gotten anything new to say.

  6. July 18, 2007 pm31 8:40 pm 8:40 pm

    Thanks for adding us to your blogroll!

    –Bonnie at NEA’s NCLB — It’s Time for a Change! blog

  7. September 8, 2007 pm30 3:00 pm 3:00 pm

    I found a jd2718 at flickr: is that you?

    And thank you: I had only looked to see what 9 was in other bases. But of course, with an expression you need operations.

    Put up your spider pics. We can see whose spider is grossest!

    Last year while a couple of towns in Vermont were considering striking (legal here, which is new to me), Vermont Public Radio had a call-in show about whether a state-wide contract would be a good thing. Quebec does that.

    A listener called up and actually said that since we teach because we love the little children, we should teach and shut-up.

    It was a serious call.

  8. Nikki Rose Ty permalink
    November 13, 2007 am30 11:15 am 11:15 am

    How do you like being a teacher? Pros and cons? What qualities do you think it takes to be a teacher?

  9. November 18, 2007 pm30 7:46 pm 7:46 pm

    Hello fellow NYC Educator. I write to invite you to attend an upcoming education “unconference” , sponsored by an NYC teacher-run non-profit organization, Open Educator. Please see the description below and attached PDF and banner. Any publicity help you can provide on your blog would be greatly appreciated! Hope to see you and some of your readers there.

    Jennifer Stillman

    EduCamp NYC is a gathering born from the desire by teachers, researchers, and technology specialists in K-12 education to share and learn in an open and powerfully-networked environment. All workshops are scheduled the day they happen, and are lead by conference attendees. Attendees are strongly encouraged to give a demo, run a session, lead a discussion, or help with one, or otherwise volunteer / contribute in some way to support the event. The people present at the event will select the workshops they want to attend. Pre-event planning will take place using the barcamp wiki. The event will be run using Open Space Technology. Conference notes and post-conference teamwork will take place using the curriculum collaboration tool, RSVP at

    Event Details:

    * When: Saturday, December 1st, 10AM – 4PM, followed by happy hour

    * Where: Teachers College, 120th between Broadway and Amsterdam, Rm. 285 Grace Dodge Hall

    * Cost: Free, including breakfast and lunch

    With Networking and learning opportunities for all!

    Veteran teachers:

    o Show-off your repertoire.

    o Learn new tricks.

    o Forge a collaborative curriculum project.

    o Feel out new job opportunities with school leaders.

    New teachers:

    o Connect with mentors in your subject area.

    o Find a school that fits.

    School leaders:

    o Experience a teacher-led model for professional development.

    o Build early relationships with new teacher candidates.

    Education researchers:

    o Present and explore educational theories with practitioners.

    o Recruit a subject group.

    Education Technology Specialists:

    o Powow with others doing cutting-edge work in the Web 2.0 instructional realm.


    When you come, be prepared to share with educampers.
    When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.

  10. January 9, 2008 am31 9:25 am 9:25 am

    I wasn’t sure where I’d ask this question, but I’ve been wondering for a while now. Do you ever sleep?

  11. bibomedia permalink
    February 29, 2008 pm29 2:20 pm 2:20 pm


  12. john permalink
    May 25, 2008 am31 7:55 am 7:55 am

    Eliza M. Ewen, daughter of the General, donated the land on which they lived to the City in 1916, on the condition that she be “allowed the use of the buildings and grounds for the remainder of her life undisturbed and without any changes in the grounds.” The park was designed in 1935, following the death of Eliza Ewen……

    Daes anyone know something aobut that house, meybe has a historic picture…Please

  13. Anonymous permalink
    May 26, 2008 am31 3:44 am 3:44 am


  14. December 31, 2008 pm31 1:13 pm 1:13 pm

    I wasn’t sure where to leave this comment since it wasn’t completely content-specific; I hope this isn’t too much of an intrusion.

    I just want to share my puzzle website with you,

    It is a place where you can play online KenKen games. According to Wikipedia, KenKen is logic and math puzzle developed by a Japanese mathematics teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto for the classroom.

    Also, other math teachers have found it useful with their students.

    Thank you for your time and again I hope this was not too much of an intrusion.


  15. Amy Prager permalink
    January 7, 2009 am31 8:11 am 8:11 am


    I am a math teacher too. I am interested in gifted education. Where do you teach?


  16. January 9, 2009 am31 10:35 am 10:35 am

    I don’t share that on this blog, sorry.

  17. newbie permalink
    January 19, 2009 am31 5:57 am 5:57 am

    When does the DOE send out W2 tax forms?

    • January 19, 2009 am31 6:21 am 6:21 am

      Should be getting them from your payroll secretary soon. I think I had a notice on Friday – it’s still in my box. When I get back to school I will check the exact date.

  18. February 14, 2009 am28 6:28 am 6:28 am

    May I reprint your latest Bronx-related article on the pages of The Bronx Times /

    The Bronx Times /

  19. May 6, 2009 pm31 7:39 pm 7:39 pm


    If you want to add Facebook or email sharing buttons to your blog posts, there’s a plugin that does it for you:

    Hope you find it helpful!


  20. June 28, 2009 am30 8:53 am 8:53 am


    Dear JD2718,

    I’m living on Alonnisos for 6 years now and this year me and my family (we are originally from holland) are running the Alonnisos Mavrikis museum. what I would like you to do is update the information about the museum of Alonnisos because things have changed now

    for an impression visit the link of the website of the museum

    kind regards,

    Colin Oosterveld Alonnisos Greece

  21. November 10, 2009 am30 7:00 am 7:00 am


    Check out this new site, I think you and your students will really like it.

    ……. is a games-based learning site focusing on math for secondary school students.

    Mangahigh’s games are designed with math at their core and feature commercial-quality gameplay, rewarding students with achievements that celebrate their progress. Through gameplay, Mangahigh aims to provoke students to explore sophisticated math concepts and reinforce skills through repetition. The games are supported by Prodigi, the world’s first adaptive math learning engine.

    :: links ::

    Free Math Games. No registration required.
    Save Our Dumb Planet – Algebra Game
    Flower Power Number Games!
    Pyramid Panic Geometry Games!
    Bidmas Blaster Number Games!
    Ice Ice Maybe Algebra Games!
    Online Math Games!

  22. Ms. S permalink
    November 26, 2009 am30 9:04 am 9:04 am

    Dear JD,

    On this day of giving thanks, I wanted to thank you for your blog.

    I am a career changer in my second year of teaching and your straightforward reporting and opinions have been a great source of information for me.

    From your “Do not apply” (I didn’t ~ though I had interviewed at some!) to the Bx. Science events (one of my children was in 9th grade there when Ms. R became principal and I KNOW her, Ms. A and many of the teachers who left) to your insights about the union and DOE in general, your blog is priceless.

    Many thanks.
    Keep up the good work, it is much appreciated.

    Wishing you the best,
    Ms. S

  23. July 4, 2010 pm31 12:17 pm 12:17 pm

    Dear JD:

    I enjoy reading your blog, and was wondering if you would like to do a link exchange. My book blog’s url is Every week, I make a nonfiction book recommendation in the topic areas of education, history, technology, biography and/or humor. I have already put up your link. Please reply if you would like to do a link exchange. Thank you.


    Sally Friedman

  24. Mindy NBenitez permalink
    September 8, 2010 am30 2:05 am 2:05 am

    what does salary step RA8F equal to? i was told that was my step

  25. sandie permalink
    June 20, 2011 pm30 12:11 pm 12:11 pm

    Hi. I am a retired teacher/UFTmember and family member of a probationary teacher who was illegally denied tenure in June,2010 after 3 years of satisfactory service and an unblemished record. The alleged reasons for continuation of probation were “excessive absence – ridiculous when our contract provides for 10 abs. per year and he had 5 and poor scholarship. I didn’t even know what that referred to last June-I do know now-the DOE did not like the percentage of students that he passed during year. Of interesting note is that tying tenure to scholarship was not to be implemented until the September, 2011 school terms.

    How many of our young untenured teachers have been denied their rights to tenure based upon legislation that has not even been passed yet? The probationary teachers who were denied tenure last June, 2010 need to stand together and challenge the illegal imposition of a standard that no other group of probationers were held to. Why has the union refused to protect these teachers? How can I reach out to all these young teachers, who have no voice or representation, to join together to challenge the DOE, the Mayor and the Union.

    Any suggestions on the best way to reach out to all these injured probationers to fight for their rights, not only in a court of law but in the public forum, would be helpful. I would like to post a contact number, but I do not know if that is the proper route to take. Your guidance would be most greatly appreciated. Senior Teachers-our probationary teachers need our help. Step up because the union won’t.

  26. August 17, 2011 am31 12:35 am 12:35 am

    This is fantastic. Kudos to you jd2718. I had an interview today in Harlem, and the AP did not show up, nor did he call me to tell me that he filled the position and I did not need to come in for an interview. I had to ask one of the kind souls in one of the other schools in the complex to get in touch with him. I’m sickened at the lack of professionalism at that school! (And clearly, I needed to vent.)

  27. cynthia permalink
    March 2, 2012 pm31 8:28 pm 8:28 pm

    Do you think Aspire Prep should close down


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