Question Matrix: How to Develop the Right Questions

Dr. Jamie Schwandt
4 min readOct 30, 2018

“What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” — Werner Heisenberg

A question matrix is a tool designed with the purpose of introducing us to a hierarchy to questioning. Designed similar to Bloom’s taxonomy or Higher Order Thinking (HOT) questions.

My intent is to provide a couple tools building on a larger discussion I recently published called Swarm Questions: What Have? What Should? What If?

Here, I will provide two question matrices: Swarm Question Matrix and Swarm Question Critical Thinking Matrix.

They were inspired by the following: Higher Order Thinking Questions via Teachers Pay Teachers, a short video called Question Matrix, and the Elements of Thought Wheel via the Foundation for Critical Thinking.

The following matrices can be used for just about anything. From problem-solving, to argument deconstruction, providing/recording feedback, during interviews or investigations, red teaming, or in determining a students comprehension of a concept.

Swarm Question Matrix



Dr. Jamie Schwandt

Dr. Schwandt (Ed.D.) is an American author, L6S master black belt, and red teamer.