I remember when I first started teaching in my classroom, I literally had no clue what I was doing. I remember everyone kept talking about..
Our students tend to struggle with staying in an area independently. At the beginning of the year, my TA’s and I end up being human barriers to teach them that they must stay in the area on their schedule to work until they are finished. Set the boundaries of the area using furniture. It’s a lot easier to monitor the small “entrance/exit” to a center than an open space. See below for some examples – the red arrows indicate where the entrance/exit to the area.
I have several different “independent” centers in our classroom. Even though the tasks will vary, I try to keep the actual student area consistent. Below is a visual to guide you and some examples.