“It is our responsibility as educators to give our youngest learners experiences and opportunities to step outside their comfort zone and take those risks that allow them to discover their passion. That passion may just be computer science.”
Daphne McMenemy is an educator, author and speaker. Her first book, Gracie, about a young girl whose learning is brought to life when her teacher introduces her to coding and a new way of thinking, is based on her personal experiences in the classroom. As a child and young adult, Daphne was focused on becoming an educator with purpose, to improve the lives of her students and make an impact on their educational journey. As an educator for the past 15 years, she has created opportunity for children in her classroom to explore learning in innovative ways. Using STEM to engage children as young as kindergarten age in discovering learning through coding, she develops numeracy, literacy and computational thinking skills through creative exploration. Her experience in the classroom has proven to support even the most hesitant learners in building confidence in their abilities and engaging in the learning process. Daphne is committed to building relationships, meeting students where they are, appreciating each individual, and finding opportunity to engage and motivate students in creative, innovative ways. Her newest venture allows her an extensive creative outlet as the Editor and Social Media Director of Code Breaker Inc.
Coding in Kindergarten
Teaching kinders to code brings a whole host of learning opportunities you never thought possible. What started as a simple project idea for an additional qualifications course, turned into this PSA about why coding in kindergarten should a part of every educator’s program.
What Happens When Kids Learn to Code?
When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.Alexander den Heijer