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Bloomfield Attends Workshop at Boyhood Home of Mark Twain

Release Date: 9/3/2008 1:06:58 PM

Betty Bloomfield, a gifted and talented teacher at Runnymede and Taneytown Elementary Schools, recently spent a week attending the Mark Twain Teacher Workshop at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri.
This week-long workshop provided teachers with background on works by Twain and allowed them to experience the town that served as the fictionalized setting for his best known books. The workshop also provided a forum for discussion and creative thinking about how to approach Twain’s writings in the classroom.
According the Bloomfield, “The Mark Twain teacher workshop was an unbelievable literary experience of a lifetime! It was so inspiring to be standing in the settings that Twain wrote about in some of his first books.”
The teachers attending the workshop have published lesson plans for teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools. During the week, Bloomfield developed lesson plans to help students understand why Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are considered classics in literature. More information is available at the Mark Twain Museum’s website at
Bloomfield was featured and quoted in an article about the workshop that appeared in the Hannibal Courier-Post ( “I am so excited about sharing my new knowledge of this literary genius with my students and other teachers in our school system,” Bloomfield said. She received a $100 scholarship to help cover the expenses to attend the workshop.

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