Students fill out personal information at the beginning of the year. This helps me get to know them better - who they live with, what school subject they are interested in, what they would do with a million dollars, what their favorite ice cream flavor is, etc. Every year I am so surprised that students are willing to share with me their home situations or things going on at home that they want me to know. Things that I otherwise wouldn't have known, had it not been for this assignment.
I teach high school Spanish, but this personal inventory could work with any subject from Junior High to High School levels. Enjoy getting to know your students - you might even find something in common with them- like you both like Rocky Road ice cream or country music!