Start from fresh!
I have students that started duolingo two years ago with a different Spanish teacher and level. How can I have this student start from fresh with me. I am checking and making sure the student completes the assignment. They are joining my classroom but still they have a history from years before that it is not anything to be proud about (meaning that they did not continue or even started)
What is the point in restarting a Duolingo beginner course two years after from scratch again?
You will probably bore them to death if they still know the basics, especially in the EN->ES CEFR course where they focus a longer time on the "Present tense".
Quote: but still they have a history from years before that it is not anything to be proud about.
Can you explain this any further?
Why don't you push them to the next (upper-beginner, low-/mid intermediate) level after already having learned the Spanish basics by using other material / resources?
So you think I shouldn't be proud of last 3,5 years of PT progress and you suggest to reset the cource and restart from scratch and to relearn EVERYTHING from L0?
I agree that it would be a great feature to be able to individually RESET challenging grammar and advanced verb tense + Subjunctive skills and to redo them after having completing them a longer time ago.
But the whole tree? A boy drinks milk, The bee does this, The girl does that?
Come on! Be realistic!
Quote: I am checking and making sure the student completes the assignment.
How can I have this student start from fresh with me
Sounds like you already have given the answer.
You delegate the learning for all the beginner stuff to Duolingo by setting up "Duolingo classroom assignments".
But you do not try to pick up those students/pupils where they already are and to customize the lessons in your school (and not the "online Duolingo classroom").
I think there are better "quick refreshing" ways than to delegate teaching to Duolingo where a tree easily takes ~1,8-2,5 years to be able to complete it.
And every 1-2 years you start from scratch with the same content over and over again (without ever having reached the final end as contractors continually add new skills in tree updates).
I agree completely with @Thomas.Heiss. You WANT your students to have background knowledge; it will help you assist them in making connections. This is just all part of differentiation.
My advice: You are giving assignments. Just look at whether or not those assignments are completed. There is no reason you need to look at their history.
Why not take the opposite tack and challenge them? :) Ask them if they can test out of a level?
A personal story: I wasn't sure how much my French II students had forgotten over the summer. (It was a LONG summer, after all...), so I started them this year on the very easy "People" skill, just to ease them back into things. Then, during our second online class, I asked, "Give me a thumbs up emoji if "People" was too easy." 98% of them gave me a thumbs up emoji. I asked, "Give me a hand clapping emoji if you want to stay here an extra week, just because things are new and you want another easy week before we get going?" Only seven students gave me the hand clapping emoji. So we are moving ahead.
Trust your students to tell you where they want to be. That is my advice. Good luck to you! And keep posting questions, because this is going to be a challenging year.