Teachers ask for demonstration of student knowledge created, chosen, or personalized by students throughout or after instruction. This instructional approach leads to an increase of student engagement in their learning, as the teacher is less prescriptive. This gradual release of responsibility allows students to choose how to demonstrate their learning.
Menominee Indian High School students are primarily American Indian students. In their English courses, students are encouraged to be actively involved in their education and are given a broad range of choices, which is responsive to a cultural value of autonomy and allows students to draw on their cultural backgrounds for success when doing large projects. Students may select from many choices allowing them to complete a project in ways in which they feel most confident.