Have you ever stared at a blank piece of paper (or empty computer screen), knowing you had to write something about something, but having no idea where to start? 

Or (once you start composing) has your writing ever felt like a halting, laborious, almost painful task?

So now imagine what writing feels like for those adult ed students who have had limited experience doing it or believe they are no good at it. What barriers are they facing when we ask them to engage in a writing assignment? Do you wonder that they avoid or resist having to write at all?

How do your students respond when you ask them to write something for class?
Are they OK with it? Do they resist it? Are they able to accomplish what you ask them to do?

In many cases the problem is NOT that we – or our students — have…

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