My name is Josh Hoekstra and I have been teaching U.S. History to high school sophomores for the past 16 years.  I would like to share a classroom history lesson that I have developed that has become the most rewarding and successful teaching method I have ever used.

It all started on the first day of school (September 2011) I had the students define what they believed to be the definition of courage. The students came up with their own personal definition of courage and wrote that definition on the inside of their notebook (where they would see it each and every day). Following the NCAA "March Madness" basketball tournament bracket formula our students selected who they believed to be the most courageous American of all time.  I placed the names in brackets (randomly) and we began researching, debating, and voting for  who the kids believed was the most courageous.  From an educational standpoint, it was phenomenal. The interaction, the richness of debate was truly remarkable. The kids were enthused and engaged like never before.  All because we were able to employ a simple to use tournament bracket formula to our discussion.

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Mr. Hoekstra's U.S. History students crowned Bud Day the 2015 "Most Courageous American"

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