This is a worksheet that I have my students fill out at the beginning of the year. The questions are fun and engaging, and I use the responses to get an idea of what's important in the kids' lives right now.
*I use this worksheet to keep everyone on-task while I check out textbooks and check in supplies!
* Use it to find out what your kids are into right now, and then include those things in questions you write or PowerPoints you make.
* Make it a game--sort of like Scattergories, where students score points for original answers, or conversely, they score points for the number of people who have the same response.