Summer is officially over.
Winter is coming.
Time for students!!!
My goal here is to provide you with:
D. All of the Above
This one is great for start of the year information gathering. I like to call it the "Tell Me About Your Face Form," but the name is changeable. ;)
Here's the link to automatically create your own Google Form for First Day Info. Feel free to edit/delete/add anything you want. It's yours now, run with it.
When I started teaching, I emulated Dr. Dykema by gathering student information via index cards, then I would use those to not only have parent contact emails (that never worked) and remember their names.
About as crazy as I'd go in questioning would be "Tell me one Fun Fact About Yourself." This would allow me to respond to them in front of the class, but I'd usually not give a lot of information. This allowed it to be a sort of inside convo to the class, which intrigued the rest of the students so they'd either ask then or later. It sometimes helped with student interactions, especially for those who didn't have the buddy system the day they entered.
Now, it's 2017. An easy/free way to get to know your students is to know what content they consume on the Social Media. That's why I like this question, it enables itself to become a great conversation starter. Rapport, people, rapport.