On the first day of school have y students write down their
learning objectives for the year. Save them (online or on
paper). Periodically during the year (I suggest holiday times)
have them review them. See:
I had students fill
out interest surveys so I was able to find out about their
passions and skills (art, music, dance, technology,
athletics...) You might do a "Who am I?" assignment.
Start building community
in the classroom by having y students with y assistance
develop classroom expectations.
Behavior Management page
Building Community in the
How A One-Second Strategy Can Motivate Y New Class