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Ballymena Primary School

Ballymena Primary School

Believe, Persevere, Succeed




"I had six honest serving men.
They taught me all I knew;
Their names were Where and What and When
And Why and How and Who."


The Q-Matrix, developed by Dr Chuck Wiederhold, takes Kipling's "six honest serving men" and places them in a matrix designed to enable pupils and teachers to ask effective questions. The matrix consists of thirty-six squares, with each square being labelled with a two-word question prompt. Examination of the Q-Matrix below reveals how different types of thinking are generated by different elements of the grid. For example a "What is?" question will tend to generate a factual, literal recall response, whereas a "How Might?" question will tend to generate a more open-ended, speculative response.      



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