Start each day getting to know your students better! As a Substitute Teacher I need ways to remember students' names, and I find this always does the trick! In classes I've been in before, they ask right away what the question will be! Sometimes they even offer suggestions! (:
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
What color are your socks today?
Have you ever done yoga?
What do you think is the hardest part of the president’s job?
Would you rather wear only dress-up clothes everyday, or only jeans everyday?
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Do you agree?
Some questions can have longer answers and can easily be used as journal prompts.