This Power Point includes a 2-page reproducible questionnaire for students to fill out on the very first day of school. It is written specifically for middle school students, but can be edited for any class. One side asks for students to share any fears, concerns, questions they may have coming into a new school and the back provides a fun look at students' current interests.
I read each student's answers privately and respond in writing. Students keep returned sheets and look back at them in June to get a good laugh at what they wrote about themselves in September.
The power point highlights the Top 5 concerns of my previous classes, showing students that most kids have very similar concerns. You can spend time on each concern discussing ways to combat each issue so each becomes a learning tool in and of itself. You, of course, can change the order of the answers as you wish.