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 - Best Pens for Teachers

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

Uniball Signo Gel Pens

Teacher Amy J. recommends “the purple in particular.”

4. Pilot G2 Retractable Gel Pens

Many teachers claim these as a favorite, and I’ve been using them since my college days. The only debate is whether to go for the fine point or the extra fine point.

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

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

PaperMate Inkjoy Gel Pen

Rated the #1 gel pen on Amazon, and highly recommended by many teachers in our community.

12. Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pens

Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pens

While gel pens are a clear favorite among teachers, our readers also rate these colorful ballpoints highly.

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13. NarwhalCo Teal Pens 

If you want to treat yourself, this might be the pen. This set of two has great reviews on Amazon, and it come with a lifetime warranty and free refills. 

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14. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens

Pricey, but once you try these, you’ll never go back, say teachers. 

15. BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Ball Pen

BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Ball Pen

These inexpensive pens are a classic for a reason, say their teacher fans.