Give your students this survey in class or as homework at the start of the year to get to know them better, and to show them that you care! 2 pages, so you can print it on one sheet front to back, of student-friendly questions about hobbies, interests, and thoughts and feelings about school. Really helpful way to get to know your kids a bit before diving into the year. I never start my year without passing this out.
I am selling this as a PPT file that is EDITABLE. This means you can use the questions as is, or customize them for your needs. Questions are written to be appropriate for all HS grade levels. Survey includes questions about Algebra and math, and lists NYC sports teams.