b5582baea71b2f1b0adffcb279c3d5aa_f148McClowry, S. G. (2014). Temperament-based elementary classroom management. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

This book presents an alternative to the “one size fits all” classroom approach. An alternative approach, presented in this book, asserts that teachers need to incorporate knowledge about temperament into their strategies for classroom management. As studies have demonstrated, targeted temperament-based strategies succeed where global disciplinary practices have failed. Because students differ in their temperaments, variations in classroom behavior are to be expected. Child temperament is the inborn individual characteristics that affect the way children react to different situations. It is also a social processing system through which children view and interact with the world, both altering the responses of others and contributing toward their own development. Once teachers learn the major tenets of temperament, they no longer view their students as intentionally misbehaving. Instead they understand how the temperaments of their students influence their classroom behavior. Such insights release teachers from engaging in futile battles with their students. They can redirect their energies into enhancing their relationships with their students, implementing effective temperament-based strategies, and, as a result, spend more time on instructional activities.


McClowry, S. G. (2003). Your Child’s Unique Temperament: Insights and Strategies for Responsive Parenting. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Finally, a self-help parenting book that assists parents in appreciating how temperament (personality) influences the development of their school-age children. This book describes the normal variations in behavior that exist among children. Temperament explain a child’s innate strengths and other respective characteristics that are likely to concern parents and other caregivers. Then the book offers responsive, effective strategies that match the child’s unique temperament.

Based on the research and clinical practice of the author, Dr. McClowry, this book aids parents in recognizing their child’s temperament and provides an assortment of strategies that can be applied to manage his or her behavior. These same strategies have proven to be successful for parents who participated in a clinical trial conducted by Dr. McClowry. This book is also intended for clinicians who work with children and their parents.

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McClowry, S. G. (2016). Using what works: Elementary school classroom management. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Many teachers-in-training and their more experienced colleagues find classroom management challenging. Using what works: Elementary School Classroom Management invites elementary school to look beyond untested teacher strategies. Instead this book presents an evidence-based approach. Equipped with a greater knowledge of scientifically informed classroom management, teachers will learn how and why some things work, while others do not.

Here’s an independent review of What Works that was posted on Teachers College Record.

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