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I’ll Tell You What I Think – Student Disciplined for YouTube Recycling Video

I came across an article tonight via Facebook tonight that was originally published in the St. Catherine’s Standard on Monday April 7th.  The article shared how a University of Brock student and Residence Don, Travis Lewis was disciplined for making and posting a YouTube video which showcased the amount of garbage that the 900 students who live within his residence area create. Lewis dove into the dumpster to sort the recyclables out of the trash.  His intention was to persuade officials at Brock’s department of residence life to provided tall blue recycling bins in more accessible areas within the Village Residence.  Brock physically has the 12 grey and blue bins but they have not been set into place because of “snow” and not having chains to lock them up.  Really?  We only recycle in optimal weather conditions?  

Anyway I think Lewis’ actions should be applauded.  He has stood up for his convictions and has done so in a manner that I believe is respectful, to the point and makes a really great impact.  Is that not the goal that educator and parents are trying to achieve?  To teach young people to believe in something and take a stand?

I do not agree with the Brock University officials that he was putting himself in an “unsafe situation” by climbing into the dumpster.  He had a mask and gloves on.  As a co-teacher of the Green Team at my school I sort through all kinds of yucky things in blue bins every week to make sure our school is properly recycling before we dump the class bins into the large bins that go on the curbs.  And while I’m not sitting inside a dumpster I am doing what I think is eco-responsible.  I’ve also been working on writing Persuasive Arguments with my grade 3 students and they are creating smore’s to present their arguments.  I think Lewis’ use of Social Media to get his message across is brilliant and I’m pretty sure my students would agree.  In fact I’m going to share the newspaper article with them tomorrow and show them the video and I’m interested in hearing what they have to say.  

What do you think of Travis Lewis’ YouTube video?  Are the Brock Officials correct in taking disciplinary action?  


Travis Lewis’ YouTube Video – Brock University You Tell Me? 





Resources for Using Genius Hour to Promote Digital Learning Skills

Below is a list of invaluable resources that myself and Michelle Philpot have used on our Genius Hour journey.  Many were used as learning resources in the beginning of our journey and recommended by our amazing Twitter Professional Learning Networks (PLN) and some were used to inspire students and create a buy in.

We would like to take the time to recognize and thank the ongoing learning that we receive from our Twitter PLN’s especially those that participate in #geniushour and #PeelGeniusChat

Genius Hour Websites



Caine’s Arcade http://cainesarcade.com/

Wonderopolis http://wonderopolis.org/

Paul Solarz http://http://bit.ly/1iwTp7S

YouTube Videos

Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monser Trap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uDDEEHDf1Y

Kid President – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o

Lego Man in Space – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQwLmGR6bPA

Caine’s Arcade



Double Digit Addition Rap

We are working on double digit addition with and without regrouping. Found this cute little student made video on YouTube. It’s called the Double Digit Addition Rap and it has fun little sayings to remember how to regroup or not. The grade 3 students loved it and asked to watch it again and again!