The actual process is far from that. The real questions I ask them are basically of three types:
- Is there anything you'd like me to help you structure into your upcoming few months?
- Do you have any thoughts on how I as your parent and we as a family should be allocating time and money to help you pursue what you're interested in?
- Is there anything new that you're interested in that I could help you figure out ways to pursue?
As for the implementation of the plan, we think of it more as a beacon than a path or a destination. My child may end up heading for the beacon, or may wander off in a totally different direction, and that's fine. In three or four months, we'll get together and look over the plan again and I'll say "Hey, here's what you said before, but you've gone in a rather different direction. Are you still interested in this area that hasn't been pursued? Do you want to refocus on it at all?" Sometimes my child will say "nah, I don't want to do that anymore."
But one of the reason I find the Learning Plan so helpful is that often the answer is not "nah..." Often they answer is "Hey, yeah, I do want to do that. I guess I just kind of got busy with other stuff and then forgot about it. I'd really like to get busy with that now."