Choosing a writing utensil might seem like a simple task—but teachers know that after hours of grading and marking up papers, the right pen makes all the difference. We asked educators in our WeAreTeachers Deals group on Facebook to share the best teacher pens, and here’s what they had to say.
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1. Felt-Tip Flair Pens
Flair pens, made by Paper Mate, are widely loved by teachers for their felt-tip ink flow and wide array of colors. “I use Flair. Always Flair,” says teacher Jessica E., and the Internet co-signs.
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2. TUL Retractable Gel Pens
As we did a deeper dive, searching for great pens on Amazon that might be unknown, we came across these. A self-proclaimed pen freak gave them five stars in the review.
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3. Uniball Signo Gel Pens
Teacher Amy J. recommends “the purple in particular.”
9. Ultra Fine Point Sharpies
If you’re prone to falling asleep while grading, you may want to skip these and save your sheets, but some teachers swear by them.
10. Pilot Frixion Erasable Gel Pens
“They erase with no marks left behind,” says teacher Holly R., which sounds like something of a miracle.
11. PaperMate Inkjoy Gel Pens
Rated the #1 gel pen on Amazon, and highly recommended by many teachers in our community.
12. Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pens
While gel pens are a clear favorite among teachers, our readers also rate these colorful ballpoints highly.
14. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens
Pricey, but once you try these, you’ll never go back, say teachers.
15. BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Ball Pen
These inexpensive pens are a classic for a reason, say their teacher fans.