9 of the Best Teacher Pens for Grading, Scribbling, and Late-Night Brilliance

WeAreTeachers readers care A LOT about their pens. Here are some of their favorites.

Best Teacher Pens

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 on the WeAreTeachers Facebook Helpline to share the best teacher pens, and here’s what they had to say.

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.


Flair Pens - Best Pens for Teachers

Buy Them: Felt-Tip Pens


2. Uniball Signo Gel Pens

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

Uniball Signo Gel Pens

Buy Them: Uniball Signo Gel Pens


3. 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.

4. 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.

Ultra Fine Point Sharpies

5. Pilot Frixion Erasable Gel Pens

“They erase with no marks left behind,” says teacher Holly R., which sounds like something of a miracle. 

Pilot Frixion Erasable Gel Pens

 6. PaperMate Inkjoy Gel Pens

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

PaperMate Inkjoy Gel Pen

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

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

Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pens

8. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens

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

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens

9. BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Ball Pen

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

BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Ball Pen

We’d love to hear—what are your favorite pens? Share in the comments and we’ll add your recommendations to this list. Thanks!

The Best Teacher Pens

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

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