Markers and highlighters and pens (oh my)!

Forget the apples!  Teachers want writing utensils.  I'm always on the lookout for dry erase markers, highlighters, and pens to use in my classroom.  When Shoplet.com Office Supplies asked me to review Expo Dual End Dry Erase Markers, Expo Magnetic Dry Erase Markers, Sharpie Clear View Highlighters, and Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, I was more than happy to give them a try.

The Expo Dual End Dry Erase Markers are perfect for those teachers that like to use multiple colors when writing on a white board.  I love the idea of having two colors at my fingertips! This particular set comes with five different colors (green, blue, purple, red, and black).  Each marker includes black.  If you're used to using Expo markers, you'll love these!
 They include the chisel tip that the regular Expo markers include.  The markers are also low odor for those of you that have issues with the smell of markers.

The Expo Magnetic Dry Erase Markers keep the markers right where you need them!  I can't tell you how many times I write on the white board and then walk off with the marker.  I'm hoping the magnetic strip will help me to remember to stick it to the white board before I walk off.
This set includes four different colors (green, blue, red, and black) and has the familiar chisel tip.
You can see that the magnetic strip is located on the back of the marker.  The cap of these Expo markers has a built in eraser!

The Sharpie Clear View Highlighters are perfect for organization.  I use highlighters daily in my grade book and lesson plan book.  We enter all of our grades in Power School, but I still like to add them to my grade book first.  After I enter a grade on the computer, I highlight the scores to let me know what's been entered and what's not.  I also use highlighters in my lesson plan book.  I highlight lessons as they're completed, and this lets me know what needs to be carried over to the next day.
 The highlighters come in four colors (green, pink, orange, and yellow).  The clear view tip keeps you from highlighting words that aren't needed since you can see through the tip... GENIUS!

The Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pen is all about comfort!  I like this pen for two reasons.  First, it has a full body grip.  I tend to hold pens and pencils higher up on the body, so it's nice the the entire pen has a grip.  The second reason that I like the pen is for it's super smooth writing.  I generally use fine tip pens because I like the way they write.  This pen has a medium tip but writes smoothly like a fine tip.


Pentel Flexible Point Pens

I am always on the lookout for new markers to use for making anchor charts, so when Shoplet.com asked me to review Pentel Sign Pen Brush Flexible Point Marker Pens I was excited.  

 There are 12 different colors included.  I LOVE the flexible tip on the pen.  They were very easy to write and draw with. The tip allows you to feather, cross hatch, outline, and do detailed work.
 The ink is a water-based dye.  The tip can be diluted with water which gives the ink a water color look.  I used the Pentel Water Brush to blend the ink in the letters of my poster.  As you can see I need a lot of practice with this technique!  The ink was very easy to blend though.
 Here you can see that the tip of the pen looks like a tiny paint brush.  I can't wait to use the pens on my next anchor chart at school after spring break.

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