Updated October 18, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Chart Markers For Teachers

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in September of 2020. To create beautiful projects at school, educators and students alike need reliable pens. While some writing tools might bleed through paper or smudge, these feature ink that prevents those messes and keeps your lines clean. With a mix of washable and permanent, chisel and bullet tipped, and many colors, teachers will surely be able to find a chart marker to suit their classroom needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Sharpie 22478

2. Staedtler Lumocolor

3. Mr. Sketch 1924061

Editor's Notes

October 14, 2020:

When finding and choosing the best chart markers for teachers, I wanted to be sure to include a variety of inks, nibs, and colors to suit different projects around the classroom. Additionally, I wanted to make sure a handful were washable and non-toxic. For markers that will be used by both teachers and students, we recommend Mr. Sketch 1924061 and Crayola CYO588173. Not only are the Mr. Sketch markers non-toxic, low-odor, and washable, they're also scented which adds a fun element to the classroom. And although not specifically designed for chart paper, these dual-sided markers welcome students to get more creative in the classroom.

For markers that will be primarily used by teachers, the Staedtler Lumocolor, Sharpie 22478, and Foray Desk-Style are good picks. All of these dry quickly, so they won't smudge or bleed through your chart paper, allowing you to move through your lesson without a mess. The Staedtler Lumocolor are especially convenient because they come in a stand-up storage case that you can place next to your paper and quickly change out markers without a hassle. The ink cartridges are also refillable to cut down on plastic waste.

Special Honors

Blick Studio Marker The Blick Studio Markers go beyond your standard set of chart markers. They're available in sets of assorted colors, with the largest set containing 95 colors. You can also buy replacement nibs and ink refills. Although this ink isn't specifically intended for chart paper, the ink is still bright and water- and fade-resistant, making them ideal for more visually-engaging lessons. dickblick.com

4. AmazaPens Twin Tip

5. Foray Desk-Style

6. Crayola XL

7. Avery Marks-a-lot

8. Sharpie 38250PP

9. Crayola CYO588173

10. Office Depot OP-35927


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on October 18, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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