There is much confusion about what constitutes a positive classroom environment and what purpose it is meant to serve. For some, it represents a one way channel by which the teacher can pass information to the empty vessels that are the students.
I think we should be much more ambitious than this. These articles from Edutopia paint an alternative scene:
Articles adapted from Larry Ferlazzo’s Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation, © 2013 Eye On Education, Inc. Larchmont, NY. All rights reserved. www.eyeoneducation.com. More information about this title is available here.