Hi All! I just started teaching my first year of fifth grade. My students are wonderful and generally really willing to try new things. However, as a grade team we've noticed that quite a few have a block when it comes to writing. Some students become so anxious that they must be goaded word by word to put anything on the page (otherwise, they stare at their page in terror and/or tear up). We've been working on breathing/relaxation techniques from Conscious Discipline and that helps a little. Are there any writing-specific lessons or tricks that have helped your students make the leap from their thoughts to their page?