The HIL(Hub for Independent Learning) Project is my attempt to create an individually-paced environment in a public school classroom. Currently my students are typically held to one pace despite their individual differences. I constantly feel an increased frustration of a tradition that served the public school system well in its past. However, as a teacher, I want to serve each student and not the system.
The concept of the HIL is nothing new.
In the early 1900's Helen Parkhurst developed the Dalton Plan. The core concept of the plan was to allow "pupils the freedom and opportunity to develop initiative and self-reliance". Classrooms were called laboratories, I call them hubs. The amount of time and effort spent in a laboratory on a daily basis was determined by the individual student. A book titled "The Dalton Laboratory Plan" was published in 1922 that describe the laboratories and how they functioned. I started my project in 2010. I discovered this book in 2014. As I began to read it, I was astonished by how similar my environment is to theirs. The Dalton School still exists. Here is a link to their homepage.