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English Lecturer & Adjunct Instructor at College of Dupage & Elmhurst College

Eric Tan is an English Lecturer at the College of Dupage and an Adjunct English Instructor at Elmhurst College.  He has taught English composition, rhetoric, creative writing, and has also worked as a writing center tutor.   Eric graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and received his Master’s Degree from Elmhurst College.  He is an advocate for creative expression and encourages his students to reach their inspired potential through ventures beyond traditional essays. Currently, Eric is working on a Podcast project, that tries to teach teachers to not take teaching so seriously, with a colleague in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Advice: “Classroom Hacks” a Podcast for Educators 

The goal of the “Classroom Hacks” podcast is twofold: we are trying to provide an avenue for perspective and advice on teaching and we try to incorporate a little bit of lightheartedness and humor to help remind each other that we can relate to our interconnected, educational plight.

Activity: Evaluative Scavenger Hunt

One of the areas of writing I teach is evaluation.  Students learn that we make assessments based on quality, opposition, rankings or comparisons, and...

Activity: Analyzing Privilege

In our current, cultural landscape there are many divisive topics that individuals associate with while dismissing contrary perspectives.  It is easy to disregard what someone else has to say when there is a gap in empathy and connectivity.  The goal of this exercise, in dismantling, or “checking one’s privilege”, is to allow students to see what kind of advantages they may take for granted while overlooking some of the obstacles others may have to face on a daily basis.

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Advice: “Classroom Hacks” a Podcast for Educators 

The goal of the “Classroom Hacks” podcast is twofold: we are trying to provide an avenue for perspective and advice on teaching and we try to incorporate a little bit of lightheartedness and humor to help remind each other that we can relate to our interconnected, educational plight.
Current Events Article Activity

Activities: The Current Event Article

I’ve taught multiple sections of composition over the years and without fail a majority (but not all) of my students have little interest in...
Feedback Creative Writing

Creative Writing Feedback: On Finding Praise

There’s a lot of talk in teaching circles about feedback—how to give an appropriate amount that doesn’t overwhelm the student (or the teacher’s workload) and balances praise and constructive criticism. Finding praise is, of course, characterized by its very verb as the part where you have to strain yourself, what you include to soften the blow your critique.