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

This book presents an alternative to the “one size fits all” classroom approach. The majority of classroom management books present generic strategies as if they are applicable to all students. The underlying assertion of such books is that if teachers use such approaches, student behavior problems will seldom occur. An alternative framework, 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 understand how it influences their classroom behavior. Such insights release teachers from engaging in futile battles with their students. Instead 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.

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Supplemental materials for Temperament-Based Classroom Management:


Your Child's Unique Temperament: Insights and Strategies for Responsive Parenting

by Sandee Graham McClowry, PhD, RN, FAAN

Finally, a self-help parenting book that assists parents in appreciating how temperament influences the development of their school-age children. This book explains that temperament provides a way to recongize the normal variations in behavior that exist among children. The book also assists parents in in understanding a child's innate strengths and the characteristics that are likely to concern parents and other caregivers.

Based on the research and clinical practice of Dr. McClowry, this book presents an assortment of responsive parenting strategies that match a childr's particular temperament.  These same strategies have proven to be successful for parents who participated in the clinical trials that were conducted to test the efficacy of INSIGHTS into Children' Temperament.  This book is also intended for clinicians who work with children and their parents. For more information about the book or to order it, contact or or Barnes & Nobles. The book can also be purchased at the NYU’s main book store at 18 Washington Place.



McClowry, S.G. (September 2014. Evidence-based elementary classroom management. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.