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10 Introduction DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET This book is intended to • provide a practical mathematizing approach for teachers working with very young children; • present vivid examples, processes, and illustrations of great math pro- cessing in early childhood settings; • present creative strategies and techniques for teachers to develop their pedagogical skills; and • promote and develop teachers’ and children’s mathematical and multi- dimensional thinking and processing skills. This is the kind of mathematical thinking and processing that is in high demand worldwide and “that develops students’ abilities to deal with com- plex systems” (English 2011b, 1). The methods, strategies, and techniques in this book can be used by teach- ers to develop their teaching skills. The four components in the MLP approach framework (observation, exploration, language modeling, and inquiry) con- stitute fundamental skills teachers need in order to implement high-level in- teractions with children. In my work with early childhood programs, I’ve found that centers that incorporated this framework within long-term profes- sional learning communities saw the greatest increases in the quality of their curriculum and instructional practices. The teachers were able to change their “math fear” into “math confidence” and learned to provide intentional and purposeful math experiences to the children in their care. –––––– Now that we have seen some mathematizing possibilities in our environ- ments and settings, let’s take a look at the MLP approach. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL