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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton reacts during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

Tottenham fans want to see Spurs buy exciting players this summer.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg isn’t that, but he’s just the steady presence Jose Mourinho needs. 

With every day that passes, it seems more and more like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is destined to secure his dream move from Southampton to Tottenham. The 24-year-old midfielder isn’t the scintillating signing Spurs fans dream of on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean he can’t really help Jose Mourinho’s squad next season.

According to The Daily Echo, Hojbjerg is determined to reject all other advances to ensure his immediate future lies in North London. Tottenham and Southampton officials continue to quibble over the precise transfer fee that will be required to cement the move. Nonetheless, Hojbjerg will almost certainly be playing for Spurs next season.

Focusing on what Hojgjerg is not is rather depressing. He’s not the sort of midfielder who’s going to power the Tottenham attack with his creative dribbling ability or silky vertical passes. The chances of him developing into sexy football player are almost nil. In many ways, he’s the antithesis of the club’s “dare is to do” mantra.

Hojgjerg is the exact player Tottenham need, whether they’re willing to admit it or not

That mantra hasn’t secured a trophy for Spurs since 2008. That might suggest that it’s time for a new way of thinking to take hold at the club. That’s precisely why Jose Mourinho was hired to take over for Mauricio Pochettino in the middle of the 2019/20 campaign.

The Special One’s brand of football can be downright ugly at times. He’s quite happy to nick an early goal and then settle back into defense for the rest of the match. Interestingly, that’s just the strategy that allowed Tottenham to secure European qualification by going on a nice stretch of results at the end of last season.

Having a rock-solid midfield is an absolute requirement to employ that kind of strategy for a full season. Mourinho clearly understands he doesn’t have that sort of personnel available to him at the moment. To put it bluntly, a double-pivot of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko is not anything close to Mourinho’s dream.

That’s why Hojgberg can be an astute summer signing for the club. He’s just the sort of boring, stable player that Spurs need to solidify their midfield. Mourinho’s side desperately needs a midfielder who is willing to sit back and cover his teammates’ defensive responsibilities. Tottenham don’t need Hojgjerg to be great. If he can steadily win the ball and play it up to his attacking teammates he’ll give his side a major boost.

The club, of course, hope that adding a model professional like Hojbjerg will make it easier for flair players like Giovani Lo Celso and, more importantly, Tanguy Ndombele to thrive next season. That represents a reasonable gamble for Spurs. It’s not the only way for Hojbjerg to pay big dividends, but it represents the best possible outcome for Tottenham.

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At the very least, Spurs supporters should be open to the idea that Hojbjerg can help Mourinho build a platform for the team’s most exciting stars to flourish. He’s never going to be a Tottenham legend, but that isn’t the purchase the club needs to make at the moment. On this instance, Spurs are perfectly justified in their desire to make a boring signing.

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Teachers, Parents, And Students Working To Find Healthy Routine While Educating And Learning Remotely

By: John Shumway

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — So your school district, or you, have made your choice to start your child’s school year online. So what’s next?

Have you decided where your child’s classroom will be in your home?

Many students got a little taste of learning at home when COVID-19 closed the schools in March.

It was a learning experience for students, parents and teachers that is far from over.

Matt Herdman is an Algebra II and Calculus teacher in the Penn Hills School District and a representative for the Penn Hills Education Association.

He says the first thing to establish is a routine and consistency.

“Kids need a routine. they need some sort of semblance of school, so if you have multiple kids, keep them separate so they can concentrate on their work.”

Herdman says its important to let the kids know even though they are not in the classroom with their teachers, “Encourage the students to reach out to their teachers. We’re here to help and we want to help.”

As for where you put the ‘home classroom,’ Herdman says, “It just depends on the student and what would distract them. In a bedroom, if they have a TV or gaming system, they might be distracted by that. But at a table, if possible, where you could have your notebook, you can take your notes, you have your Chromebook, that would be comfortable for a lot of kids. But it ultimately depends on comfort level. Some kids might want to sit on the couch or a favorite comfy chair. If that makes them more comfortable, then go for it.”

Herdman points out the school day is not just between the student and the teacher, “I think parents should be involved. Check the gradebooks and reach out to the teacher if you have questions about the work your child is expected to do.”

He also encourages students to reach out to their friends to work together on their schoolwork.

It helps them to not feel isolated and fills the needed social contact needs all students have.

And Herdman adds this caution, “If they’re struggling, take a little brain break, go for a walk, play a game, call a friend, and then come back to the work, but we don’t want to overload our students and that’s important.”

This is not only strange territory for students and parents, it’s just as unusual for teachers.

“We have a lot of teachers that have been a teachers for a long time, and they are stepping out of their comfort zone, but they are embracing it,” says Herdman.

The key he says, is engaging the students when they’re not right in front of the teacher in the classroom.

“We need to plan activities they will embrace and that will challenge them and provide the necessary support. But it’s different, we have to do different things in the virtual environment than we would in our classroom. It comes back to moderation and not planning too much and overwhelming them because if we overwhelm our students, that’s when they shut down.”

Herdman says the students may miss out on a lot of the joys of the in-person school experience both in the classroom and throughout the school, but the education is achievable.

“This is a challenge for everyone, it’s a challenge for the teachers, the students and the parents but we are a team and we need to work together to assure the success for our students.”

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