On Recess: The Benefits of Free Play

Heights boys enjoy three recesses daily in the Lower School. It’s not just a chance to stretch their legs. To the contrary, recess is viewed as a class here. Our boys learn toughness, prudence, and how to evaluate risks. Listen in to learn more about the benefits of unstructured free play, and how you can bring this practice to your home or school… ideally both, because what we do at home affects our son’s experience at school.

Colin Gleason

About the guest:

Colin Gleason


Colin Gleason serves as Head of the Lower School. Joining the faculty of The Heights in 2003, Colin has taught three years of Third Grade homeroom, three years of Natural History; he served as Director of Admissions for four years, and now Head of the Lower School for seven. Colin graduated from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Classics. While at W&L, he was a member of the University Peer Counselors, the school’s a capella singing group, and the varsity basketball and rugby teams. He now teaches Storytelling to each grade in the Lower School in addition to his position as Lower School Head. He is also the Head Varsity Soccer Coach. During the summer, Colin directs The Heights Soccer Camp and The Dangerous Camp for Boys. He and his wife, Nicole and their four children reside in Silver Spring.

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