Here is a list of our Top 10 favorite items from the past three years! These are all items that have been tried and tested by teachers all over the country. It is not surprising that to majority of this list is comprised of writing tools! Teachers have STRONG opinions about their pens and pencils!

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#1 Mechanical Pencils took the top position in 2020 as many teachers opted for pencils that didn’t require sharpening! This pack in particular was very popular. It is also a great prize box option! See here: https://amzn.to/3cQw6eP

#2 Ticonderoga Pencils have always been my favorite pencil for student and personal use. They sharpen well, erase well, write well. They claim to be The World’s Best Pencil and most teachers would not dispute that title. See here: https://amzn.to/2N0KaYa

#3 FriXion Erasable Pens are a popular option for teacher planners! You can color coordinate to your hearts content and when plans change (inevitably) you can erase completely! These also work in Rocketbooks, which are reusable notebooks. Avoid leaving your planner in your car because these do tend to fade or disappear with heat. See here: https://amzn.to/3rwysDI

#4 PaperMate Handwriting Mechanical Pencils are awesome for kids who want to write with mechanical pencils, but are heavy handed! These also have the popular triangle shape for beginning writers. I loved using these as an teacher, and my dad uses these for his carpentry work! See here: https://amzn.to/3tvom7I

#5 Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers are a classroom essential, particularly in the lower grades. I feel like kids of all ages are eraser destroyers, but young kids who are just learning to write go through a TON of erasers! These erase cleanly and stay on the pencil. They come in a gross of 144. See here: https://amzn.to/3twXCnz

#6 We discovered Ticonderoga Holographic Design pencils last year! They have all the features of our favorite Ticonderoga pencils plus they are SHINY! These are a popular prize box option OR establish these as your special teacher pencils! They currently come in a 12 pack. See here: https://amzn.to/3d3G8td

#7 Redi-Tag Divider Sticky Notes are useful for teachers and students! For teachers, they can help you take notes in manuals, make notes for guided reading groups, or makes notes in books for your read alouds. For students, they can use them to take anecdotal notes as they read, retell the story using BME within the book, or keep their science journals organized. See here: https://amzn.to/3jzH0qv

#8 Bic Pastel Highlighters are just like regular highlighters, except they are prettier! I also feel like they are easier on the eyes when you go back and read what you’ve highlighted! See here: https://amzn.to/3rrz4Kw

#9 These .9 mm Mechanical Pencils are coming in as our NINTH favorite teaching essential. These come in bright colors and are also a popular prize box option!
See here: https://amzn.to/3jtkeAL

#10 These Sharpie Flip Chart markers are a community favorite. They have a bullet tip which, in my opinion, gives you a lot more control when you are trying to create anchor charts or write as kids are sharing. See here: https://amzn.to/2OcHKGp

I hope that you found this list useful! If you are looking for more teaching essentials you can explore the tabs at the top of the page or join our community on Facebook.

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