Starting the year off with a get to know you activity is what most teachers do. I am no different. I like to have a questionnaire for the students on the first day of school for them to fill out. This helps me to get to know them as people, rather than just as students in my class.
But more than that, I actually use these surveys at the end of the year as well! Come over to my blog to see how I take the answers the students give and create a goodbye poem for them using The Important Book. While you are there, pick up your copy of the questionnaire and the sentence frames for the poem so you can do the same next year!