Hi! My name’s Wendy and I’m the human behind Platypi Learning Resources.
Platypi Learning grew out of the realisation that teachers have too much to do, and not enough time to do it in. That seems fairly obvious to anyone who’s been in teaching for five minutes but let me explain where I’m coming from.
In 2019, after an almost ten years away from teaching as a stay-at-home mum, I wanted to re-enter the teaching profession. It was daunting – I’d been away for a long time – but I knew I still had a lot to offer. In fact, I felt better equipped to teach. I had gained maturity, experience, and a broader perspective on life and education. Not surprisingly, 35-year-old me knew a few tricks 22-year-old me would have loved!
The stumbling block for me was balance. Before children I had been the teacher that arrived first and left last. I was up at five AM honing lesson plans and learning-experiences. I was passionate about my students and giving them the best that I could. But now I had my own babies.
And, I knew I didn’t want to go back part-time. I had spent my early career watching teachers with families, usually women, try to do a full-time career on a part-time schedule. They were often out of the loop, despite their best efforts, or coming in on their days off. I knew that the curriculum had only become more crowded, and the demands on teachers more intense, in the time I had been away.
Obviously, there are amazing teachers and parents who balance their careers and families every day. I, and my husband, just couldn’t see how I could do that and be both the teacher and mother I wanted to be.
And then 2020 happened. ‘nuff said!
But it was during 2020, while searching for extra resources to support our children’s education, that my husband came across Teachers Pay Teachers. And when he showed me what other incredible teachers were putting out there, something clicked.
I could support other teachers, teachers who wanted to give the best to their students but still have time for their loved ones and themselves. I could create the resources that I had always wanted to have myself, and that I knew other teachers wanted, if only there was enough hours in the day to make them.
Platypi Learning resources are for the busy teacher, and busy human. The passionate teacher, and passionate partner, parent, child, and friend. I take the time to create resources you’ll love, so that you can spend time with the student who’s falling behind or rushing ahead. So you can engage with the kids in your class. So you can go home to your family and enjoy your time together, knowing you’re ready for a great day tomorrow.
Teaching is always going to be a demanding career. My hope is, I can support you in it.
The plural of platypus is platypuses, not platypi. Now you know.
The platypus is a monotreme – an egg-laying mammal. The only other egg-laying mammal is also an Aussie, the echidna.
Male platypus have a hollow spur near their hind heels, through which they can inject venom. This isn’t dangerous to humans, but is very painful. Ouch!