Have you got objectives? It is a good coaching question. When Akeelah replies: “The only thing l'm good at is spelling”, the Professor (symbolically the coach) asks her to read a poem by Marianne Williamson.
The professor challenges the girl to give more and not just to make the most of what she has achieved so far. Making the standards higher is what makes a good manager or a good coach, like in the case of the professor.