Paul is in the eighth grade and is obsessed with comic book superheroes. His favorite is Spider-Man. Recognizing this, his academic coach, Mr. Justin, found a way to channel this interest into an effective motivation technique. Paul “trains” with Mr. Justin several times a week, strengthening his Spidey sense to enhance his performance. Just like the heroes that he looks up to, Paul knows that he must train to become stronger, but in this case, his training is his studies, and his strength is his knowledge. Last year, they were able to bring his grades up to the honor roll level! This semester, they have spent their afternoons tackling the dreaded villains of grammar and the appropriate use of a semi-colon.