15 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.

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 - 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 cosigns.

Buy them: Felt-Tip Pens

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. 

Buy them: TUL Retractable Gel Pens

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.

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

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.

Buy them: Ultra Fine Point Sharpies

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.

Buy Them: Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pens

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 comes with a lifetime warranty and free refills. 

Buy them: NarwhalCo Teal Pens

14. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens

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

Buy them: Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens

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.

Buy them: BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Ball Pen

Check out our video where we compare beloved Flair pens to bargain-brand alternatives. 

We’d love to hear—what are your favorite pens? Come share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook. Thanks!

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

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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