Choosing a writing utensil might seem like a simple task—but teachers know that when spending hours 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 cosigns.
3. Uniball Signo Gel Pens
Teacher Amy J. recommends “the purple in particular.”
Buy them: Pilot G2 Retractable Gel Pens
5. Amazon Basics Felt-Tip Marker Pens
If you’re curious about the Amazon brand of felt-tip pens and wonder if they’re any good, we can say with confidence that many teachers love and recommend them. They were recently featured in our Teachers Grade Everything video, too.
Buy them: Amazon Basics Felt-Tip Marker Pens
6. Metallic Marker Pens
Reviewers say they use these pens on rocks, with crafts, and just for cards. They are bright, colorful, and give that extra special touch.
Buy them: STA Metallic Marker Pens
7. Maped Visio Left-Handed Pens
Are you part of our Deals group on Facebook? If you’re not, maybe you should be. This is how we found out about these pens that cater to lefties.
Buy them: Maped Visio Left-Handed Pens
8. Bic Gel-ocity Quick Drying Pens
Bic rivals other gel brands, according to reviews on Amazon. They’ve been around for years, earning favorite honors for many teachers.
Buy them: Bic Gel-ocity
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.
15. BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Ball Pen
These inexpensive pens are a classic for a reason, say their teacher fans.