Use this student survey at the start of the school year or with each new group of students. This survey induces student self-reflection and provides you with powerful insight into each student that could otherwise take a whole year to learn. I find that students are often brutally honest, which makes these invaluable.
Hole punch these completed student surveys and keep them in a binder on your desk to refer to often. Use them as a tool to make connections to students throughout the year. Students often give more when they feel valued as an individual!