5 Best Pens for Teachers: Improve Your Paper-Grading Workflow!

By Samantha Di Nardo

Teacher holds engraved pen Braxton rollerball for grading papers

5 Best Pens for Teachers: Improve Your Paper-Grading Workflow!

By Samantha Di Nardo

Being a teacher is a demanding job. Every day, you are asked to have the social and organizational skills of twenty people. You're asked not only to teach a given subject, but to counsel, to relate, to remember, to discipline, to encourage, and to support your students in countless ways.

That's a really hard job, even if massively fulfilling.

Here at Dayspring Pens, we want to help with at least one small task that teachers do every day, and that's grading papers.

Teach For America ranked pens and pencils as the #6 thing that every teacher needs the most.

So, below is our list of 5 of the best pens for grading papers that you can find on our webstore. 

And if we know teachers, we know that someone is always swiping your best pens. That's why we recommend getting your pens engraved with your name on them. Every order from Dayspring Pens includes free engraving.

If you're not a teacher yourself, but you're looking for personalized teacher gifts this year, these meaningful, useful gift pens will improve their paper-grading workflow. Personalized engravings will make your gift that much more meaningful.

We hope these affordable personalized pens will make a small contribution of joy to your classroom!

The 5 Best Personalized Pens for Teachers

Here's our shortlist of the best pens for teachers:

  1. Cross Tech3+
  2. Parker Jotter
  3. Dayspring Pens Richmond Pen and Pencil Set
  4. Waterman Hemisphere Ballpoint
  5. Dayspring Pens Abingdon Rollerball

1.) The Cross Tech3+

Cross Tech3+ Pen Collections

The Cross Tech3+ is one of our staff favorites here at Dayspring pens because it's the apex of functional pens. 

This multi-functional twist-action pen features a black ballpoint, a red ballpoint, a mechanical pencil, and a stylus writing tip for touch screens all in one pen. 

The ability to switch between the black and the red pen instantly makes it perfect for grading papers!

With every twist of the pen, the writing tip cycles between the ballpoints and the mechanical pencil. The stylus can be attached to the cap end of the pen.

All this makes the Tech3+ an all-in-one pen, saving you both money and time (especially grading time). 

We recommend the Tech3+ as the #1 pen for teachers!



2.) The Parker Jotter

Parker Jotter Pen Collections

#2 in our list of the best pens for teachers is the Parker Jotter.

The Jotter is a massively affordable (the most affordable pen in this list), durable, and smooth-writing pen... and the click is so satisfying.

The early salesmen for the Jotter used to stand on the Jotter to show just how durable the pen was, and it's still just as tough.

Yet it's a classy pen with simple lines complimented by the unique arrow-shaped clip signature of Parker pens.

These engraved pens are some of the most affordable on the market and make a great personalized gift for teachers!



3.) The Dayspring Pens Richmond Pen and Pencil Set

Dayspring Pens Richmond Matte Black Pen and Pencil Set

The Richmond pen and pencil set is the perfect two-in-one deal for teachers. 

I love the Richmond because it fits in my hand so well, and it feels sleek and looks classy.

The mechanical pencil allows you the freedom to make edits and redaction at will.

Ballpoint pens have oil-based ink that sticks to pretty much any surface, so if you find yourself writing on smooth surfaces that your other pens just can't find traction with, the hemisphere is the way to go.

Pairing the ballpoint with the mechanical pencil means you get a diverse set of writing tools for different daily writing tasks. The pencil gives you diversity and safety, while the ballpoint gives you versatility.

The set is super affordable for a luxury pen set.

I think the set gives teachers everything they need for their classroom workflow.

 Experience More Functionality: DOUBLE IT UP WITH THE RICHMOND!


4.) The Waterman Hemisphere Ballpoint 

Waterman Hemisphere Ballpoint Pen Gold Trim

While it's not necessarily a cheap pen, the Hemisphere is one of the smoothest writing pens in our collection. And because it's a ballpoint, it's super versatile and unlikely to run out of ink anytime soon. 

It's a super professional-looking pen for teachers, too! So, it adds a bit of added purpose to your daily writing tasks. 

We recommend the Waterman Hemisphere Ballpoint as one of the every day carry (EDC) pens for every dignified teacher!



5.) The Dayspring Pens Abingdon Rollerball

Dayspring Abingdon Rollerball Pen

The Abingdon gives you a bolder, thicker pen with rollerball ink. 

Rollerball ink is water-based (just like a fountain pen) that writes smoother and bolder than ballpoints. 

The Abingdon stands out and looks super professional.

Because it has a thicker barrel than the other pens in this list, custom engravings really stand out clearly.

Plus, this pen is more than reasonably priced.


That's our list of top 5 pens for teachers. Before we go, here's a few questions people tend to ask about teacher gifts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Acceptable to Give Gifts to My Teacher?

It is totally acceptable to give teachers gifts, especially on Teacher Day or at the end of the school year. Feel free to show them some appreciation, just don't breach any social or professional boundaries.

What Do Teachers Want As Gifts?

There's a lot of things that teachers need and things that teachers want.

We think nice pens fit both categories.

What Should I Not Give My Teacher?

Don't give your teachers anything too personal or anything that would be perceived as inappropriate in the classroom. The same basic rules for gift-giving in the workplace pretty much apply here.


That's all for our top 5 pens for teachers!

We hope this list was informative both for teachers themselves and for those who are looking for teacher gifts. 

If you found this list helpful, be sure to leave us a comment below!

If none of these pens are quite what you're looking for, be sure to check out our full collection of personalized pens.

Sam Di Nardo

Sam Di Nardo is an author for Dayspring Pens, where she has honed her expertise in ballpoint, rollerball, gel and fountain pens since joining the team in 2018.

From her initial role as an Engraver to becoming the Production Manager, Sam's journey has been marked by her passion for the history, manufacturing, and the unique value of gifted writing instruments.

A graduate of Regent University with a degree in English Literature and a special interest in Old Norse literature, dive deeper into Sam's world and discover why she's your trusted guide in the realm of gift pens.

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