Pilot® V-Board Master BeGreen 91% Recycled Dry-Erase Markers, Bullet Point, Assorted, Pack Of 5 is rated
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Best marker ever!I teach math and have found these markers to be so much better than the traditional single-use Expo markers. The Pilots write bold, clear and smooth. No longer do my students struggle to read the board. But, you've got to keep a bunch of refills on hand, and always have a spare, full marker ready. If the marker starts to look a little weak, I see from the clear ink reservoir that it's empty and then quickly grab a spare mid-lesson. After class I refill it.
Personally, I find the bullet style easier to use than the chisel. With the chisel, you have to rotate to the correct angle, and angle your hand to get the flat surface. With the bullet, any angle and rotation works well. Also, the bullet style improves with age because the tip flattens out, which makes for a bigger, bolder line on the board. The box says replace after 4 refills, but I'm already on to at least 15 refills per marker and they just keep getting better.
You'll want to shop around and plan ahead when buying refills. I've seen individual refills vary from a little over a buck to over 7 bucks. Boxes of 12 refills can be found for less than 10 bucks, so that's definitely the way to go. Office Depot seems to have the best, most consistent prices for refills. Again, plan ahead and keep plenty on hand.
On the colors, I mostly use black, then emphasize key concepts with green and red. Occasionally I use blue, so that's kind of optional. I never use orange because it looks too much like red, so have completely removed it from the whiteboard tray. To minimize confusion, only keep 1 of each color on your tray at a time, and immediately remove a marker that needs to be refilled. I keep the spares in a box next to the whiteboard for easy access.
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