This survey will help you get to know your students at the beginning of the year. It includes personal, low risk questions like "What are your favorite movies and TV shows?" to questions that give more insight on the learner, "How do you learn best?" and "What do you do when you get frustrated?". It also includes a quantitative section where students agree or disagree with statements like, "If I work hard, I can get smarter."
I usually have the survey on desks as students come in, and they work on it the first minutes of the first day of school. This gives me a few minutes to get students settled and take attendance. Students then complete it for homework. I go through each survey, highlighting things that stand out to me, and have always found it to be a valuable way to rapidly learn about my students.
The survey is a PDF document, 5 pages in length. It includes clip art from Creative Clip Clipart by Krista Wallden. Check out her store here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Krista-Wallden.