I teach one section of 'Mentorship' which is an early bird class for all freshman magnet students at my school. This class is primarily meant to serve as a study hall or homework lab associated with the freshman magnet course. The other Mentorship teachers and I have also decided to implement reading, writing, and grade check components. The class meets daily for 45 minutes. Typically we either read or journal for the first 20 minutes of class, then work on homework (study groups, homework support, whatever) for the last 25 minutes of class. Sounds easy, yes? Well it should be. The problem is that this class is NOT FOR CREDIT. Because students aren't earning credit for this class (at least this is why I think), several of them are viewing the class as a glorified social hour or nap time. It is neither of those things. Students generally work well for about 15 minutes and then they start to chatter. I can't send them to the deans' office because their class meets before the school day and the deans are unavailable. I have nowhere to send them for a time-out or otherwise remove them from the classroom for the same reason--teachers don't even arrive at school until 7:30, when our class is 2/3 over. This means that I must keep them in my classroom, inappropriate behaviors and all. I am working on contacting parents, but in the meantime I need some help with dealing with these students in the moment, as they are displaying these behaviors. They pretty adamantly refuse to comply with my directives. Obviously I can't force them to read or write or do their homework...but I can't allow them to just sit around and do jack when they are being disruptive. Any suggestions?