It is important to create quiet student work spaces. When I was a student we used our pocket writing folders as privacy folders. These were used during test time or when we needed a break from our group to focus on our independent work.
Recently I was in a colleagues Grade 4 classroom and saw the coolest idea Office A and Office B work spaces in her classroom. She told me our administrator gave her the idea.
Using plain white science display boards this teacher has created a private no distractions work space for kids to work. Her future plan is to use the panels to display key anchor charts.
This teacher is full of great ideas. Here is another one: