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Rita Waller

Rita Waller

About Rita Waller

I am a respiratory care educator in a two-year associate degree program. I have over 30 years experience as a respiratory therapist and 17 years as an educator. I love both professions, but my passion is education. I do some on-line teaching, and I enjoy developing interactive tutorials.

Rita Waller

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Cram and Dump?

I was informed by my respiratory care students that they have employed the "cram and dump" method for studying throughout their time in the program. This was offered as an explanation of the blank stares that I was getting as I talked about concepts from their first semester cardiopulmona ...

Color My World . . . or Not

Effective online instruction must be understandable and engaging. In the announcements portion of my online courses, I employ brevity and succinctness, primarily stating facts, avoiding obscure lingo and innuendo to ensure that students comprehend my intended meaning. To catch their attention so th ...

Dot-To-Dot, or Not?

I have a rather frustrating assignment that I give my students each year. I found it on the internet several years ago, while looking for ice-breaker exercises. At first glance, it appears to be an ordinary dot-to-dot puzzle, innocent and benign. Before putting pencil to paper, students often ventu ...

Mathematical Competence and Gender

For as far back as I can remember, math has been my favorite subject. It was my plan to become a math teacher until I took biology in high school and veered onto a path that would land me in healthcare. Nonetheless,math continued to be a favorite subject for me as it was very important in my job as ...

Inspiring Clinical Competence

Preparing future respiratory care practitioners for the workforce presents several challenges. The success of these students' future practice will be determined largely by their clinical competence. Rigorous classroom instruction teaches the theoretical principles that will provide a solid foun ...

Picking the Perfect Students

When you go into a restaurant you order from a menu. Often the menu offers options. You don't have to eat your salad with blue cheese dressing (my favorite) and you can have steamed vegetables rather than eat greasy french fries or a baked potato swimming in butter. When a teacher receives a cl ...

My Admiration for My Students

Last week I proudly watched another class walk across the stage and receive the associate of applied science degree in respiratory care. I am in my 18th year in the educational arena; in that time (200 -250 students) there have been a handful of students that I was more thankful than proud to see g ...

Respiratory Therapy: Teaching the Next Generation

When thinking of healthcare many people are only aware of doctors, nurses, and maybe that person that takes x-rays. Another group that is vital to hospitalized patients is respiratory therapy. I have enjoyed a rewarding career as a therapist for over 30 years. For the last 18 years I have had the p ...