Get to know your students on THEIR terms!!!
I've spruced up my yearly worksheet: "All About Me". I give these to my students the first day or two of school to fill out as much information as they want to tell me so that I can get to know them a little bit before we dive right into learning!
Also having these sheets on hand is super helpful to look over and be able to talk to students right away about what they like or dislike the next day or even throughout the school year. Example: (Favorite TV Shows, Future Job, etc.)