Do you agree and disagree with the following statement?
People should take time to relax with hobbies or physical activities that are very different from what they do at work.
It is tiring to do the same thing day in and day out. From what I’ve seen, most people want to escape from their work during their leisure time by participating in activities that are very different from their work. As far as I am concerned, I just don’t see any benefit of doing the same thing at work and after work.
For one thing, it is natural that people feel bored when doing the same thing for a long time. Imagine that you are a chef and spend as long as eight hours a day in the kitchen preparing meals. Then ask yourself do you want to continue to cook food after work when you arrive home? The answer is probably not. No matter how interesting their work is, most people tend to do something else after work because they need a break. Photography, for instance, is an interesting occupation. But I don’t think many professional photographers keep on taking photos in their leisure time. It is beneficial for people to take up a hobby that is different from their jobs. In doing so, people temporarily forget all the troubles they face at work, which is a good way to relax and unwind.
For another, taking up different physical activities and hobbies is an opportunity for people to improve their health conditions, as well as make new friends. For example, white-collar workers often have to sit at their desks all day long, which is bad for their spines. Many of them have back pain. Such pain can be relieved by participating in swimming, yoga and other physical activities. In the meantime, they would be able to make new friends in yoga classes, public swimming pools and any other venues for different activities.
In conclusion, spending leisure time on activities different from their jobs is a good way for people to relax, to exercise, and to socialize. Although people have every right to choose what to do as a pastime, I suggest that they should try different activities instead of doing same things as what they do at work.
A friend is trying to reduce living expenses. This person is trying to decide among the following three ways to do this:
a) Find a roommate (housemate) who can share living expenses
b) Buy new technology products such as the latest mobile/cell phone
c) Buy less expensive food to cook at home (instead of eating in restaurants or buying expensive food items)
For those who are living in modern cities, the rising living expenses have become one of their concerns. In order to lighten financial burden, therefore, people need to sort out probable ways to cut down the cost of living, such as finding a roommate, buying technology products less frequently or cooking at home. In my opinion, choosing less expensive food to cook at home may be the most practical as well as effective solution.
Firstly, shopping for less expensive food to cook at home costs obviously much less than eating outside, since you are charged not only for the food ordered, but also for some other things, like the services and the rent in a restaurant. Considering the fact that the cost of food makes up nearly a quarter of our total living expenses, this approach is definitely recommended, especially in the long run. Sometimes, perhaps, eating outside can also cause extra expenditure on transportation as you may need to take a bus or taxi to the restaurant or cafe.
What’s more, it is widely acknowledged that cooking at home is comparatively healthy and safe, which drastically lowers the risk of suffering from certain food-related diseases such as diarrhea and sometimes even food poisoning. Hence, apart from reducing living expenses, it can avoid unnecessary medical expenses as well.
Finding a roommate who can share part of your living expenses, such as rent, on most occasions, seems to be a means of cutting down expenditure, but it may result in other financial problems, and it is also infeasible for those who are living with their family members or those who prefer to live alone. In addition, although buying technology products less frequently can save a small amount of money, it is not a long-term solution to this problem.
In conclusion, while finding someone to share the rent or saving money which would be spent on the latest technology products can be considered as probable ways of reducing living expenses, buying less expensive food to cook at home is the most practical and effective way to solve the problem.
Schools always collect information about teachers’ performance and give rewards to the teachers who perform well. Which way do you think is more effective to evaluate teaching performance?
1. Evaluating teaching performance by students
2. Evaluating teaching performance by other teachers
In order to get comprehensive understanding of teachers’ performance at school and give rewards to those who have outstanding performance, schools are supposed to make evaluations from the following two ways: evaluating teaching performance by students or by other teachers. As for me, I support the former way.
First of all, the target or the audience of education is students, therefore, it is their right to say “yes” or “no” to their teachers’ performance. After all, teachers’ job is to pass the knowledge to the students and as the recipient of the knowledge, students’ feedback is crucial. Furthermore, it is the students not other teachers that build direct contact with their teachers, thus, the direct or the real feeling to teachers’ performance must come from students.
On the other hand, if the evaluation job is done by other teachers, there will exit two possible problems: the first problem is that teachers will not evaluate from a recipient’s angle but from a teacher’s angle. In other words, they are not the students themselves and thus they can’t fully grasp students psychology and feeling toward their teachers’ performance. The second problem is that there may be unfairness in the evaluation process. For example, if two teachers are competitors, then one teacher possibly gives bad assessment to the other one. On the contrary, if two teachers are friends, then they may over-evaluate each other.
Thirdly, from the school’s perspective, evaluating by students will have much more benefit. For instance, such an evaluation system will encourage teachers to improve their academic ability and help schools to optimize their teachers. In addition, as private schools become popular, putting students’ feedback and feelings in the center is the general trend.
Above all, teachers are just like actors on the stage and students play the role of audience. They two sides build direct contact with each other. Therefore, students can give the most authentic assessment to their teachers’ performance.